Northern Syria torched by IS attack


Beirut: The Islamic militants raided government held areas in the predominantly Kurdish northeastern city of Hassakeh on Thursday morning.

The terror group had suffered several setbacks over in northern Syria against the Kurdish forces over the past weeks; Hassakeh now stands divided among Bashar Assad’s and the Kurdish fighters.

IS a fighters also inflicted casualty on several people they captured in the city, including the head of a military housing institution. It said the militants sustained many casualties, including the commander of the group who is a foreign fighter.

The group had earlier tried to storm the city and had reached its southern outskirts before facing strong resistance from the Syrian Government troops and was pushed back.

Thursday’s attack involved a suicide bomber who detonated his car near the border gate that separates Kobani from the Turkish town of Mursitpinar.