Kurds Warn ISIS Preparing Attack on Syrian City of Hasakah

YPG Sees ISIS Mobilization Near Key NE City

Syrian Kurdish officials are warning that they believe ISIS is planning an offensive against their key northeastern city of al-Hasakah, one of several Kurdish cities ISIS has been keen on acquiring.

The Kurdish YPG militia has been managing the defense of Hasakah, but notes that in recent days there is a “big mobilization” of ISIS fighters just to the south which could portend a new push.

The offensive is likely to start against the neighboring town of Tel Tamr, which is a major part of the Kurdish defensive supply line, and would soften up the much bigger Hasakah for a push.

A city of about 200,000 people, Hasakah is the de facto capital of Syrian Kurdish territory, and a common destination for refugees fleeing ISIS territory in the surrounding area.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.