World Bulletin / News Desk
ISIL launched simultaneous attacks against the Syrian army and Kurdish militia overnight, moving back on the offensive after losing ground in recent days to Kurdish-led forces in the armed group's stronghold of Raqqa province.
In a separate offensive, armed groups attacked Syrian government-held areas of Deraa city in the south, one of the areas where insurgents have dealt President Bashar al-Assad's forces significant blows in recent months, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
9:10 A.M. ISIL and Kurdish militia battle over Syria's Kobani
ISIL members were battling Kurdish militia in the Syrian town of Kobani at the Turkish border on Thursday, a group monitoring the war reported.
The attack by ISIL on Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, began overnight with a car bomb attack near the border crossing between the town and Turkey, the monitor said.
Twelve people were killed and at least 70 wounded in the bomb attack, it said.
8:45 A.M. ISIL seizes large swathes of Syrian city of Hasaka
ISIL wrested areas of the northeastern Syrian city of Hasaka from government control in fighting overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring organization said on Thursday.
A Syrian military source denied the report, saying the army had repelled the attack.
The city of Hasaka is divided into zones controlled separately by the Damascus government and a Kurdish administration whose well-organized militia has been on the offensive against ISIL, making significant gains against the group in its stronghold of Raqqa province.
8:05 A.M. Car bomb hits Syria's Kobani near Turkish border; deaths reported
A car bomb exploded in the Syrian town of Kobani near the Turkish border gate on Thursday as ISIL staged an attack from three sides of the town, a Kurdish YPG militia official told Reuters.
The attack killed and wounded people in the town but the toll was not immediately clear, the official said.
Syrian state TV reported heavy clashes between ISIL and the Syrian army and allied militia in the al-Nashwa district of Hasaka, which is divided into separate zones of government and Kurdish control.
The ISIL offensive against Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, started with a car bomb attack in an area near the border crossing with Turkey, the Observatory said. ISIL fighters were battling Kurdish forces in the town itself.
An official in the Kurdish YPG said ISIL fighters were attacking the town from three sides. The Observatory said dozens of people were killed or wounded in the bombing and subsequent fighting.Last Mod: 25 Haziran 2015, 10:49