BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Qalamoun Shield Forces, a national pro-government militia group, have just liberated a large town of considerable strategic value from ISIS in eastern Hama Governorate.

Several hours ago, the SAA and Qalamoun Shield Forces expelled ISIS militants from the town of Salbah. The advance was made possible after pro-government forces took the imperative high-ground around the settlement prior to storming it.

According to military sources, the SAA stormed Salbah during the earliest hours of this morning. ISIS fighters are noted to have put up a fierce resistance both on the outskirts of the town and inside it.

In the end, pro-government forces simply overwhelmed ISIS through sheer numbers and firepower, pushing the terrorist group’s militants to withdraw from Salbah.

By this advance, the SAA and its allies are now in a position to attack the settlements of Mas’adah and Qalib al-Thor.

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