The southern sector of Al-Hasakah City has experienced the brunt of the firefights between the Syrian Armed Forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) over the last 48 hours, as the aforementioned terrorist group has shifted its attention to this part of the provincial capital after a number of failed attempts to penetrate into the downtown area from the western flank.
Last night, the multitude of VBIED (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) attacks launched by ISIS finally paid off, as the aforementioned terrorist group was able to take full-control of the Panorama Roundabout and the nearby Al-Rusafa Station after a suicide operation destroyed the Syrian Arab Army’s defensive barrier.
Following their subsequent withdrawal from the Panorama Roundabout in southern Al-Hasakah City, the Syrian Armed Forces entrenched themselves in the Directorate of Transportation headquarters and the Municipal Customs building, where they fended off a wave of attacks from the terrorist group on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
In addition to entrenching themselves in the Municipal Customs building and Directorate of Transportation headquarters, the Syrian Armed Forces created a second line of defense at the university buildings nearby, including the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Faculty of Economics buildings.
Since the morning, the Syrian Armed Forces have repelled all of ISIS’ attempts to advance past the Panorama Roundabout and the Al-Rusafa Station, along with the aforementioned terrorist group’s repeated attempts to recapture the east district of the Al-Nishwa Quarter in west Al-Hasakah.
Despite ISIS’ persistent attacks inside the provincial capital, the Syrian Armed Forces have achieved some level of success today, as the Syrian Arab Army’s 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division seized an IED factory in the Al-Nishwa Quarter, confiscating all of the explosive materials in the process.