BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched an attack against the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS) stronghold of Al-Sukhnah, in the eastern countryside of Homs, Saturday.

The attack, believed to be the SAA’s last one in the area, was backed by Syrian airstrikes, dislodging IS from their positions on Al-Sukhnah’s western outskirts.

The Syrian Arab Army is steadily advancing around Al-Sukhnah today, liberating most of the area near the town’s western gates.

Once Al-Sukhnah is captured, the Syrian Arab Army will have nothing but desert between their positions and the Deir Ezzor Governorate.

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