Islamic State mounts suicide attacks around Syria's Hasaka city

AMMAN - Islamic State bombers have blown up about a dozen explosive-packed trucks at Syrian army checkpoints around the government-held northeastern city of Hasaka city over the past five days, the city governor said on Thursday.
Government troops and militias have been battling to repel Islamic State attacks to the south of Hasaka, which is close to the Iraqi border.
"More than thirteen explosive-laden vehicles have attacked army checkpoints and sowed terror and fear among citizens," City Governor Mohammad Zaal al Ali told state television by telephone from inside the city.
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