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Al-Hasakah: IS captures several districts

KURDWATCH, June 30, 2015—On June 25, 2015, fighters for the Islamic State (IS) started a major offensive against the city of al‑Hasakah, capturing two large, majority Arab districts in the south of the city only a few hours later. At the same time, government troops were bombing the districts heavily. By June 26, between fifty and eighty thousand residents fled toward ʿAmudah and al‑Qamishli or to the north of the city. The Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) have not yet joined the fight against the IS in the south of the city. According to unconfirmed reports, the PYD has demanded the control of the entire city as well as of a strategically important mountain east of the city as a precondition for intervening. The regime would retain nothing but the government buildings. The PYD also wants to take over military command in all of the regions in which it operates. Furthermore, it wants the regime to equip the YPG with heavy weaponry while disarming its Arab militias.

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