BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Amid a renewed series of raids across Syria, ISIS has, during recent days, attacked US-led forces (of which Kurdish units form a key component) in the province of Hasakah with a range of medium and heavy fire support weapons.

Media linked to ISIS has released several photos (available at the end of this article) showing the terrorist group’s forces engaging pro-Coalition fighters with a range of support arms including high-powered sniper rifles (of either 12.7-mm or 14.5-mm caliber), trench mortars, heavy machine guns and recoilless rifles (unconventionally fired from the shoulder).

Unlike the Islamic State’s more characteristic motorized raids (designed to overrun front-line positions and seize enemy equipment), the engagement shown in the pictures appears to have taken place at stand-off ranges raising questions as whether ISIS militants were fighting offensively or defensively.

It is possible that the released photos are linked to a raid that ISIS conducted two days ago near the city of Ash-Shaddadi in southern Hasakah.

Andrew Illingworth | AMN
Andrew Illingworth | AMN
Andrew Illingworth | AMN
Andrew Illingworth | AMN
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