The first day of the Syrian Arab Army’s wide-scale offensive in the Homs Governorate’s northern countryside has concluded and the frontlines have changed in favor of the pro-government forces attacking the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra.”
On Thursday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 3rd Armored and 11th Tanks Divisions – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Hezbollah – captured the small village of Al-Khalidiyah Al-Dar after intense firefights with the Islamist militants near the imperative town of Dar Al-Kabeera to the west of Al-Ghantu.
Following their capture of Al-Khalidiyah Al-Dar, the Syrian Armed Forces and the Lebanese Resistance advanced to two other sites in the Al-Houla Plains’s eastern countryside; this time, the aforementioned pro-government forces attacked the Islamist rebels at Jawalek and Sinaysil, where they positioned themselves inside these villages.
In addition to their advance inside the Al-Houla Plains, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance towards the Electrical Plant located directly east of Al-Khalidiyah Al-Dar in the Al-Rastan Plains, where they were engaged by another large contingent from Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army.
The primary objective for the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance is to reopen the Homs-Hama Highway that is currently obstructed by the Islamist militants at the strategic cities of Talbiseh and Al-Rastan; these aforementioned rebel strongholds are also being targeted by the pro-government forces.