AL-HASAKAH, SYRIA (2:00 P.M.) – The U.S. backed “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) are preparing to launch a wide-scale offensive to capture the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) last stronghold in the Al-Hasakah Governorate: Markadah.

Leading the way is the U.S.-led Anti-ISIS Coalition, who has already begun the assault by launching several airstrikes over the strategic town of Markadah.

Once Markadah falls to the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Islamic State will be forced to retreat to the outskirts of Al-Hasakah.

The Syrian Democratic Forces are likely to start this offensive in the coming days, as they take advantage of the Islamic State’s crumbling defenses in Al-Hasakah.

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