The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) began their large scale assault at the provincial capital of Al-Hasakah on Sunday after suffering an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the predominately Kurdish “People’s Defense Forces” (YPG) and the militias from the Syriac Military Council (Suturo) at the ‘Abdel-‘Aziz Mountains and Tel Tamer in the western countryside of the province.

Following an up-and-down battle at the southern outskirts of Al-Hasakah City on Monday and Tuesday, ISIS sent a large wave of combatants towards the villages of Al-Dawoudiyah and Rad Shaqra, where they overwhelmed the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Al-Ba’ath Battalions with their sheer contingent size that outnumbered the Syrian Armed Forces by a 3/1 ratio (ISIS/NDF).

ISIS did not stop there: once the terrorist group was able to reach the Al-Adham Prison, ISIS launched six suicide bombers in the direction of the Syrian Armed Forces’ frontline defenses at a number of sites within 5km from the Al-Hasakah gates, forcing the NDF and the Al-Ba’ath Battalions to withdraw towards the remaining checkpoints outside of the city.

With the Panorama Roundabout in their sights, ISIS capitalized on the National Defense Forces fractured fortifications at the Al-Hasakah Power Plant, where a suicide bomber left the southeastern perimeter of the facility exposed to the terrorist group’s relentless mortar shells and rockets.

The Syrian Arab Army’s 121st Artillery Regiment of the 17th Reserve Division and the Assyrian “Gozarto Protection Forces” (GPF) would arrive on the scene from the Al-Qamishli District after ISIS advanced as close as 1km from the Panorama Roundabout that leads into the provincial capital.

Firefights are still ongoing between the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIS at the Al-Adhath Central Prison and about 700 meters from the Panorama Roundabout; these next few hours will be critical.

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