Syrian Military Advances in West Al-Hasakah: Phase 2 of Military Operations Commence
On Wednesday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces have began Phase 2 of their military operations in the provincial capital of Al-Hasakah after they were able to finally forestall the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) progress outside of the city-center.
The aforementioned terrorist organization enjoyed a three week long offensive that achieved significant success in this east Syrian province; however, slowly, but surely, the Syrian Armed Forces reversed much of the gains made inside of Al-Hasakah City, despite ISIS’ original success at three different flanks around the provincial capital.
It took three weeks for the Syrian Arab Army’s 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division to reenter the west district of the Al-Nishwa Quarter and while, it was an arduous journey to halt ISIS’ progress in the east district, the Syrian Armed Forces persevered and infiltrated the terrorist group’s defenses.
As a result of their reentry into the west district of Al-Nishwa, the SAA’s 154th Brigade – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Gozarto Protection Forces (Assyrian militia), the Al-Ba’ath Battalion – captured four building blocks at the eastern axis, while also taking control of the Sheep Market (Souq Al-Ghannem) after clashing with ISIS on Wednesday night.
North of the provincial capital, the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade of the Republican Guard secured the Al-Hasakah-Al-Qamishli Highway after a failed attempt by an ISIS contingent to disrupt the Syrian Government’s main supply route to the city.
The Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) was extremely busy on Wednesday, as they would carry out over 55 airstrikes around the Al-Hasakah Governorate.
The primary targets for the Syrian Air Forces were the cities of Al-Shadadi (southern Al-Hasakah) and Al-Houl (east Al-Hasakah); these airstrikes reportedly caused significant damage to the terrorist organization’s armored vehicles, while also killing scores of enemy combatants.
At the Sports City near the Al-Ghuweiran Quarter, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Border Brigade thwarted an ISIS infiltration attempt from the southern axis, despite repeated efforts to breach their frontline defenses.
In west Al-Hasakah, the predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) carried out a successful military operation at the town of Al-Abyad, resulting in the capture of Jisr Al-Abyad (Al-Abyad Brigade) after fierce clashes with ISIS.