The militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) have launched a counter-offensive at the east district of the Al-Nishwa Quarter, some 24 hours after the Syrian Arab Army’s 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division conducted an assault at the Al-Liliyah and Al-Nishwa Quarters of Al-Hasakah City.
With the Syrian Armed Forces on the defensive at the Al-Nishwa Quarter, the armed combatants of ISIS took the opportunity to attack the former’s frontline defenses at the Al-Hasakah Villas, where they were engaged in a series of fierce firefights that lasted for over seven hours on Tuesday.
In addition to their assault at the Al-Hasakah Villas, the militants of ISIS attacked the strategic Panorama Roundabout in the southern sector of Al-Hasakah City, resulting in a violent firefight with the Syrian Arab Army’s 123rd Brigade of the 3rd Armored Division that was eventually repelled in the early afternoon.
According to ISIS social media activists, the terrorist group reportedly took control of the east district inside the Al-Nishwa Quarter; however, per a source inside Al-Hasakah, the Syrian Armed Forces repelled the ISIS assault on the east district and the Al-Hasakah Villas – he further added that ISIS did not infiltrate any of their positions at Al-Nishwa.
The Syrian Armed Forces did not sit idly on Tuesday, as contingents from the Syrian Arab Army – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Shaytat Tribe, and the Sootooro Brigades (Assyrian militia) – conducted another assault on ISIS’ positions at the Al-Liliyah Quarter, where they were able to secure a number of building blocks – 90 percent of the Al-Liliyah Quarter is currently under the SAA’s control.
Meanwhile, to the north of the Syrian Armed Forces’ positions, the predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) thwarted an ISIS assault on the Al-‘Aziziyah Quarter, killing over two dozen enemy combatants in the process of repelling the militant attack.
The YPG also carried out an assault on the terrorist group’s positions at the village of Al-Adha’ in the ‘Abdel-‘Aziz Mountains, where they were able to force the militants from ISIS to retreat from the area after a fierce battle.