The Syrian regime's problem in Hasakah at a glance
Syrian soldiers and local pro-government fighters patrol the Handarat region, located in northwestern Syria. (AFP/File)
Syria's al-Hasakah has been contested territory for years, since the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) inserted itself in the civil war in 2012. Daesh (ISIS) militants also came in the picture last year when they besieged parts of the area.
With two rival factions prominently gaining ground in Hasakah, we all know the regime is in trouble. But sometimes you just need a visual to understand the extent of the government's worries.
A map uploaded on Twitter shows territory surrounding the governorate, and it's not looking good for the regime.
In one month alone, its losses leave President Bashar al-Assad's troops vulnerable and surrounded by Kurdish troops and Daesh. And as Daesh sets its eyes on expanding its caliphate during Ramadan, we could be seeing even more change to come.