Moments ago in the Homs Governorate’s southeastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th Brigade of the 2nd Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Sadad and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – imposed full control over the 5th Precinct of Maheen after a fierce battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) this afternoon.

Maheen was seized by ISIS last week when they launched a massive counter-assault to retake the town and the area they conceded to the Syrian Armed Forces in late November of this year.

Recently, ISIS turned their attention to the strategic Syriac Christian city of Sadad; however, they were unable to bypass the city’s defenses.

Sadad is strategically located to the east of the Homs-Damascus Highway that is a primary roadway for the Syrian Armed Forces; if captured, the pro-government forces would be cutoff from several imperative sites that are linked by this highway.

In addition to its proximity to the Homs-Damascus-Highway, the city of Sadad is located directly east of Lebanon and the Syrian Qalamoun Mountains that lead into the aforementioned country.

The loss of Sadad would be devastating for the Syrian Armed Forces, as they would ultimately have their gains from the winter of 2014 reversed by ISIS.

 

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