World Bulletin / News Desk
Syrian troops and militia fought fierce battles with ISIL fighters in Syria's northeast overnight, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday, as both sides vie for control of territory near the Iraqi frontier.
The province is mainly populated by Syrian Kurds, whose own forces have also fought heavy battles against the al Qaeda offshoot across northern Syria. The Kurds say they do not coordinate their operations with the Syrian military but have worked with U.S.-led air forces bombing ISIL.
The Observatory, which collects its information from a network of sources on the ground, said around 30 fighters from the Syrian military and allied militia had been killed in five days of battles with ISIL in Hasakaprovince .
State news agency SANA said late on Tuesday that the army had "eliminated" a large number of ISIL fighters in the Hasaka countryside and foiled an attack on military outposts in rural areas in the east and southwest.
Clashes led to "dozens of members of ISIL being killed and wounded and the destruction of the terrorists' vehicles, weapons and ammunition," it said.
Steady advances by insurgents on key fronts in Syria have increased military pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, whose government increasingly sees western areas near the capital and the coast as its priority in the four-year-old conflict.Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Haziran 2015, 11:13