Things continue to get worse for the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in Al-Hasakah City, as the Syrian Armed Forces and the predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) continue to tighten the noose around the remaining enemy combatants that are entrenched inside the provincial capital’s southern corridor.
On Thursday morning, the battle for Al-Hasakah City took a turn for the worst for the militants of ISIS, as the Syrian Armed Forces expanded their control over the remaining residential neighborhoods to the west of the Martyrs Cemetery in the Al-Ghuweiran Quarter.
This success near the Martyrs Cemetery comes one day after the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard captured the Vegetable Market located inside the east district of Al-Ghuweiran.
Following the Republican Guard’s success in the Al-Ghuweiran Quarter, the Syrian Arab Army’s 123rd Brigade of the 3rd Armored Division took control of the Dar Al-Thaqaqah building after a series of fierce clashes with the ISIS militants inside the provincial capital.
With ISIS’ repeated failures in the eastern corridor of the provincial capital; this has paved the way for the Syrian Armed Forces and the YPG to advance in the west district of the Al-Nishwa Quarter.
Much to the surprise of ISIS, the YPG has entered the west district of the Al-Nishwa Quarter, capturing the Dawar Al-Akheer building after intense firefights in the provincial capital’s western front.
Meanwhile, to the south of the YPG’s positions, the Syrian Arab Army’s 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with the Gozarto Protection Forces (Assyrian militia) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – have taken control of more building blocks inside the Al-Shari’ah District of western Al-Nishwa, killing over 15 enemy combatants in the process.
For the first time in this war, the Syrian Arab Air Force and the Anti-ISIS Coalition are targeting ISIS militants in the same city, as U.S. aircraft were seen attacking the terrorist group at the west district of Al-Nishwa.