For third time this year, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has launched a powerful, large-scale offensive to break into the Syrian Government controlled section of the provincial capital of Al-Hasakah; this ISIS assault concentrated on the southern outskirts of this city located in eastern Syria’s Jazira region.
ISIS began their offensive by launching a multitude of missiles and mortar shells into the provincial capital, killing four civilians and causing material damage to a number of residential apartment buildings near Al-Hasakah’s city-center – as many as six missiles struck the municipal district of Al-Hasakah on Saturday morning.
Following their barrage of mortars and missiles, ISIS stormed the National Defense Forces’ (NDF) held villages of Al-Dawoudiyah and Abyad, where they were initially successful in breaching the latter’s frontline defenses before a counter-assault was launched in the late afternoon on Saturday to recover all points captured by the terrorist group, including the Al-Hasakah-Al-Abyad Road.
This would not be the last the Syrian Armed Forces would see of ISIS, as the latter stormed the southeastern section of the provincial capital, attacking the village of Rad Shaqrah and infiltrating as far as the Mefraq Petrol Station inside of Al-Hasakah; these ISIS gains were luckily reversed when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Al-Ba’ath Battalions, and the Sootooro (Assyrian militia) arrived to reinforce the embattled NDF fighters.
Despite securing the provincial capital’s main barriers, ISIS still remains present at the southern perimeter of Rad Shaqra, where they entrenched themselves before nightfall on Saturday, leaving the Syrian Armed Forces with the terrorist group’s presence on the outskirts of Al-Hasakah City.
According to a military source in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, the casualty list for the Syrian Armed Forces are as followed: 17 wounded and 9 killed from the NDF; 7 wounded and 4 killed from the SAA; 3 wounded from the Sootooro; and 4 wounded from the Al-Ba’ath Battalions.
ISIS’ casualty ISIS casualty list could not be completely verified; however, the military source did confirm the death of 19 enemy combatants at Al-Dawoudiyah.
Once the firefights dissipated around the provincial capital before dusk on Saturday, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) began launching a number of air raids over the ISIS-controlled cities of Al-Shadadi, Al-Houl, Tal Taninir, and Al-Karamah.