Al-Hasakah cityAugust 4, 2015http://syriadirect.org/news/syria-direct-news-update-8-4-15/Islamic State (IS) fighters clung to a small number of positions in the southern countryside outside Al-Hasakah city on Tuesday, one day after Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) working with Syrian regime forces and international coalition planes forced IS from its last hold in the provincial capital, pro-opposition Zaman al-Wasl reported. “Military operations [against IS] are now concentrated in the countryside 4km south of Al-Hasakah city,” Alev Hisen, a correspondent in the city for Kurdish language Arta FM radio told Syria Direct on Tuesday. Kurdish forces began fighting to expel IS from the Al-Zuhour neighborhood of the provincial capital last week. IS forces holed up in several buildings there withdrew Monday after YPG forces backed by US-led international coalition planes moved in from the southeast, pro-opposition Eldorar reported on Monday. Regime forces collaborated with the Kurdish fighters in order to push IS from the city, local sources say. “The regime mobilized ground forces and elite Republican Guard fighters to protect [YPG units] from IS,” Abu Umr al-Hasakawi, an activist and member of the local Hasakah Youth Union told Syria Direct on Tuesday. “[The regime] then withdrew its forces to Deir e-Zor, taking advantage of the international coalition’s air-cover in support of the YPG,” al-Hasakawi added. IS launched an attack on Al-Hasakah city more than a month ago, taking control of most of the regime-controlled neighborhoods in the city. Over the past week, combined forces have reversed nearly all those gains.