The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has launched a large-scale offensive at the eastern slopes of the Qalamoun Mountains, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defensive positions around the strategic Brigade 128 base that is located only a few kilometers away from the border-crossing into Lebanon.
On Tuesday morning, ISIS militants finally reached the gates of the Brigade 128 base after seizing several checkpoints and military outposts along the main road that was originally controlled by the Syrian Arab Army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) before the terrorist assault in this part of the Rif Dimashq Governorate.
ISIS is currently attempting to take control of this base in order to position themselves to strike the strategic city of Sadad that is located along the Damascus-Homs Highway; if captured, the terrorist group will be within striking distance of both Al-Qusayr (imperative border-city) and the Syrian capital of Damascus.
Currently, ISIS is positioned at the western gates of Brigade 128 base; however, they have not launched an assault to seize this military base in the Qalamoun Mountains.
The Syrian Armed Forces have recently turned their attention to the large city of Quraytayn in southeastern Homs; unfortunately, this has left their western flank susceptible to an ISIS assault near the city of Sadad.