On Sunday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) continued their military initiative to break into the predominately Syriac Christian town of Sadad inside the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside in order to push their way to the strategic Homs-Damascus Highway that is located directly west of the aforementioned site.
However, unlike their previous assault at the town of Maheen, ISIS did not face little resistance as they approached the gates of Sadad; instead, they were welcomed by a barrage of gunfire and rockets from the civilian-led militias of the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP).
Unable to penetrate the town’s fortifications, the terrorist group withdrew to the Maheen-Sadad Checkpoint; however, as they fled Sadad, they were followed by a large contingent from the SSNP that sought revenge for their fallen comrades at Maheen.
The SSNP soldiers struck ISIS’ defenses at the Maheen-Sadad Checkpoint, killing several enemy combatants from the terrorist group before they were able to impose full control over this site; this victory was followed by the placement of the SSNP’s flag over the Maheen-Sadad Checkpoint.
In addition to their success at the Maheen-Sadad Checkpoint, the SSNP and National Defense Forces repelled ISIS’ large-scale assault on the small village of Hafr Al-Majawarat, which is located along the road to the predominately Christian town of Deir Attiyah in the Rif Dimashq Governorate.
The defense of Sadad from the ISIS terrorists has become a moral imperative for the Christians of Sadad and Deir Attiyah after they witnessed the crimes committed by the terrorist group at the ancient Syriac Christian city of Al-Quraytayn; if ISIS presumes this will be an easy battle, they are in for one long fight.