Last night, the Syrian Armed Forces entered the Maheen Orchards after capturing the village of Hawareen and Tal Daher; however, this morning, the Syrian Armed Forces entered the town of Maheen after securing the orchards that surround the northern flank.
With their backs against the wall, ISIS is on the verge of defeat inside of Maheen after taking full control of it from the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) in early November; this paved the way for the terrorist group to assault the predominately Syriac Christian city of Sadad in east Homs.
Over the weekend, the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Sadad – in coordination with the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, and the Assyrian “Gozarto Protection Forces (Sootooro) – launched a counter-offensive against ISIS to recapture Maheen and the villages to the north of the aforementioned town, resulting in a substantial push towards it.
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are advancing inside Maheen; however, ISIS is determined to repel this assault as reinforcements have allegedly arrived this morning to help to push back the encroaching pro-government forces.
Maheen is strategically located in the vast desert countryside of the Homs Governorate; it is relatively uninhabited and is located next door to the large Syriac Christian city of Quraytayn.