IS initiated a first offensive from Mount Abdel Aziz to Tall Majdal area end of November 2014. Several clashes occured in December near Tall Majdal and south of Tuwaynah between YPG and IS.
On January 12, IS started to advance toward Hasakah from the West and brought reinforcements from South-East Hasakah. Loyalists sources reported SAA counter-attacked in Rafraf area.
On January 13, fighting was reported “West of Hasakah city”. IS is also very close to Assyrian inhabited area in the Khabour valley