June 5, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Under assault for almost a week, the strategic Syrian city of Al Hasakeh is in danger of falling to ISIS. The two most recent reports we have suggest that Assad’s troops are fleeing as ISIS fighters continue their push.
Adam Pletts of News24 France states, “The Islamic state group has been able to enter the southern side of the city,” adding that residents are evacuating towards the north which is controlled by the YPG [Kurdish People’s Protection Units] which has made the decision not to formally engaged ISIS until it closes on their sector.
DebkaFile is claiming that the battle for Hasakeh has turned critical:
“Tehran expected the Iranian government to invoke its 2006 mutual defense pact with Syria “in the coming hours” for the transfer of Iranian troops to Syria - most likely by air. This was reported by debkafile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources. It would be Tehran’s first direct military intervention in the Syria conflict as it goes into its fifth year. Bashar Assad’s regime and the Syrian and Hizballah armies are collapsing under the twin assaults of the Islamic State and the armed Syrian opposition forces and in need of urgent life support.” [source, Exclusive: Tehran expected to invoke defense pact for large-scale troop deployment to Syria ]
If Hasakeh falls then ISIS could claim three major victories in less than a month, having earlier taken the Syrian city of Palmyra and Ramadi in Iraq. With ISIS in control of about half of Syria, losing this city would have to be seen as a very serious blow to the Assad forces which just might trigger the type of reaction which the DebkaFile report addresses.
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