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Battle of Markada
Part of Syrian civil war and the Syrian opposition–Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant conflict
Date21 March – ongoing
(6 years, 8 months and 5 days)
LocationMarkada, Syria
Result

Ongoing

  • ISIS captures Markada on 29 March[1]
Belligerents
Al-Nusra Front Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Commanders and leaders
Abu Muhammad Al-Joulani
(leader of the Al-Nusra Front)
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
(leader of ISIS)
Omar al-Farouk al-Turki
(top provincial ISIS commander)[1]
Casualties and losses
120 killed[2]


The Battle of Markada is a battle between two rebel groups, the Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), over the town of Markada in Al-Hasakah Governorate, during the Syrian civil war.[2] The strategic importance of the town to the ISIS lay in its position on the group's weapons supply route from Iraq, the road linking Al-Hasakah with Deir ez-Zor and a hill that dominates the surrounding area.[3]

The battle[edit | edit source]

The battle started on 21 March 2014,[2] with fighting near Markada's grain silos that left 27 Nusra fighters dead and others missing.[4]

On the morning of 27 March, the ISIS attacked the town, which was being held by the Al-Nusra Front. The ISIS managed to force Nusra to withdraw to the town's hospital and the mountain overlooking Markada.[5]

Before dawn on 29 March, clashes erupted in the town[6] as the ISIS attacked the hospital and Nusra positions in the mountain.[5] After heavy fighting that left 43 Nusra and 13 ISIS fighters dead,[4] the ISIS took fool control of the town,[1] with Nusra forces retreating towards the town of al-Sour in the eastern rural area of Deir ez-Zor province. Many Nusra fighters were also captured.[7] Among those killed was also the top provincial ISIS commander,[1] Omar al-Farouk al-Turki.[5]

On 31 March, Nusra launched a counter-attack in an attempt to recapture the town.[4] By this time, the number of those killed since the start of the fighting had risen to 120.[2]

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