ISIS Mounts Southeast Syria Attack, Retakes Village

Dozens of ISIS fighters reclaim area seized by Kurds

Continuing a trend of attack and counter-attack that has been raging for months, ISIS has launched a new push against the village of Abu Khaser in southeastern Syria, The village is near the town of Hajin, which is still being contested.

Early indications are that despite the US carrying out airstrikes to try to back Kurdish forces, a few dozen ISIS  fighters managed to overrun the village, at least for the time being. There were no reports on casualties.

Fighting is ongoing in the area, but Kurdish officials seemed to be keen to report the incident, and the loss of the insignificant village, because of the recent US announcement of a pullout from Syria, and the general Kurdish opposition to that.

This is not unusual, however, as Kurdish forces have repeatedly taken those “last three ISIS towns” from ISIS, only to lose them back to ISIS counter-attacks. Those fights also include nearby villages, as with the one contested today.

Author: Jason Ditz

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