Syrian Army Rallies Back in Al-Hasakah: Fresh Gains in the South
On Friday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), the 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard, and Shaytat Tribesmen – rallied back in the southern sector of Al-Hasakah City, recapturing a number of buildings and street blocks inside the Al-Zuhour Quarter that were under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
The Syrian Armed Forces began their assault at the Faculty of Economics building inside the central part of Al-Zuhour, where they confronted a large ISIS’ contingent in fierce combat before the soldiers of the SAA’s 154th Brigade penetrated the terrorist group’s frontline defenses and imposed control over the university facility.
Following the capture of the Faculty of Economics building, the Syrian Armed Forces advanced to the ISIS-controlled Al-Hasakah Industrial Institute in central Al-Zuhour, resulting in a series of violent firefights with the terrorist group at the northern perimeter of the building before they were able to impose control over this facility as well.
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are approximately eight blocks away from the strategic Panorama Roundabout in the southern sector of the provincial capital; this site is imperative to lifting the siege on the Al-Ahdath Juvenile Detention Facility and the Al-Hasakah Power Plan.
Northeast of the Al-Zuhour Quarter, the Syrian Armed Forces finally countered the ISIS militants at the Red Villas, infiltrating the terrorist group’s frontlines after they bombarded this area in the eastern outskirts of the city with numerous mortar shells and aerial attacks from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF).
Meanwhile, at the western sector of the provincial capital, the Syrian Armed Forces carried out a powerful assault on the New Mail Depot, capturing this building after fierce clashes with the terrorist group.
In addition to their success at the New Mail Depot, the Syrian Armed Forces captured two ISIS militants during their assault on the western district of the Al-Nishwa Quarter.
According to a military source in Al-Hasakah City, ISIS controls less than 30 percent of the Syrian Army controlled part of the provincial capital.