BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:27 P.M.) – Following a surprise offensive yesterday afternoon by ISIS along the various parts of the M20 highway, the terrorist group has since been beaten back hard at the hands of re-organized and reinforced Syrian Arab Army forces who are now in the midst of a counteroffensive.
Early this morning, the Syrian Arab Army – backed up by heavy Russian airstrikes – commenced a powerful counteroffensive along broad front stretching from the small city of as-Sukhnah (east Homs region) in the west to the town of ash-Shoula in the east.
Most of the hilltops and points initially captured by ISIS around as-Sukhnah and the M20 highway have been re-secured by the Syrian Army and now forces of the terrorist group find themselves pinned down in ash-Shoula were a high-pitched battle within and around the town is currently taking place.
Despite claims from opposition sources that as-Sukhnah and the town of Kabbajeb were captured by Islamic State militants, the fact remains that ISIS never took full control of the settlements (coming nowhere close to doing so in the case of as-Sukhnah) and that the Syrian Army currently holds onto both.
Military sources exclusive to Al-Masdar News confirm claims that over 30 ISIS militants have so far been killed in the course of the Syrian Army’s counteroffensive.