It has been 33 days since the Syrian Armed Forces have been inside the southern sector of Al-Hasakah City and since their loss of the Al-Zuhour Quarter to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), they have been immersed in fierce firefights with this terrorist group around the north district’s municipal and educational facilities.

To much of ISIS’ surprise on Tuesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 123rd Brigade of the 3rd Armored Division – in coordination with the 5th Border Guard Brigade, the Gozarto Protection Forces (GPF), and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – captured the imperative Youth Housing building, along with the Panorama Roundabout at the southern entrance of the provincial capital.

Following their capture of the southern sector of Al-Hasakah City, the Syrian Arab Army’s 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with the Gozarto Protection Forces and the National Defense Forces – carried out a powerful assault in the west district of the Al-Nishwa Quarter, killing 31 enemy combatants from ISIS.

ISIS is now facing serious implications inside the provincial capital, as they are not only isolated from all supply lines, but also, trapped inside the west district of the Al-Nishwa Quarter.

The terrorist group is besieged from all sides: Syrian Armed Forces from the southern and eastern flanks; and the predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) from the western and northern flanks.

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