Day two of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’ (ISIS) major offensive in eastern part of Homs province concluded with some fresh gains for the aforementioned terrorist group.

Northeast of T-4 Airbase, ISIS terrorists managed to capture Al-Mahr, Jazzal and Jihar oil/gas fields after heavy clashes with National Defense Forces (NDF) units stationed in this area. Unable to withstand enemy’s onslaught NDF were forced to retreat to their reserve lines of defense. A source in NDF ranks told Al-Masdar News that the key reason for this setback were harsh weather conditions that had made it impossible for the air force to provide the ground troops with air support.

Meanwhile, on Palmyra axis, regular units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) along with Military Intelligence special forces were able to repel multiple ISIS attacks on their defensive positions near Palmyra silos. Also, approximately 2 km northeast of the silos SAA forces managed to eliminate at least 45 ISIS militants while also destroying 3 enemy tanks with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) in process.

On the other hand, government forces have lost about 100 fighters killed in action, and about 200 wounded. Another 30 soldiers are missing in action. Most of these casualties were suffered by the NDF.

After being absent from the battle on Thursday due to weather conditions, Russian Air Force’s attack helicopters and Syrian Arab Air Force’s fighter jets renewed their combat sorties on Friday targeting ISIS positions and gatherings in the aforementioned oil fields. Several armoured vehicles along with a number of technical vehicles were reportedly destroyed as a result of airstrikes.

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An SAA source also informed Al-Masdar News that new reinfrocements had arrived to the area to prevent ISIS from any further advance and to prepare for a counterattack which is expected to start soon. The source added that Palmyra road is still safe with clashes currently ongoing approximately 15 km away of it. Moreover, according to his information, Palmyra city itself is safe and well protected by SAA units entrenched in the mountains surrounding the city, while ISIS does not have enough manpower to storm Palmyra.

Making things more complicated for ISIS, Turkish-backed islamist groups are storming Al-Bab city in Aleppo province, while Syrian Democratic Forces renewed their Raqqa offensive. This prevents the terrorist group from sending more reinforcements to eastern Homs front forcing them to keep their reserves in the north.

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Видео обзор карты боевых действий в Сирии и Ираке от 10.12.2016г. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WgPoYN86sY

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such massive losses … damn …

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Yep. The dog snot NDF just abandoning their positions and just trotting away. Their excuse being weather prohibiting lack of Russian air cover. The NDF should have been ready to combat ISIS without reliance on air cover.

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Have you ever entered a war zone?
There are 3 kind of persons saying they have no fear there :
1. Liars
2. Suicidals
3. Morons
Those who go on standing on a position while outnumbered and/or outgunned are either suicidal or morons and they’ll soon be dead, those who evacuate will be able to fight another day. NDF are local militias, not SOFs with Javelins and Gatlings, they’re not even militaries, just bad-ass civilians wanting to protect their families!

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I totally agree with you Daeshbag. The NDF are in essence a Militia Force as you say and as such they are in fact courageous to face ‘Suicidals and Morons’ who are also hyped up on drugs.

Their stand will give time for regular forces to arrive and counter the US/CIA backed Takfiri scum.

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Apart from suicide bombers, the first rule for soldiers are to be alive. If You are outgunned, You probatly wont be.

Well, if You are heavy fortified its possible. Im sure, they are not.

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In russia the first rule of a soldier is to reach objectives. If there is a little chance russian soldier will try it. Now i understand why the russian army is strong. While you’re running we’re standing and fighting.

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And got himself killed, accomplishing…what, exactly?