On Monday morning in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Battalion – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – imposed full control over 8 hilltops in the Jazal Mountains after a violent battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).

According to a battlefield correspondent at the nearby Al-Sha’ar Mountains, the Syrian Armed Forces launched a surprise assault against the ISIS militants that were embedded in the eastern hilltops of the Jazal Mountains; this attack proved successful, as they were able to liberate these 8 hilltops that were occupied by the terrorist group for almost 13 months now.

The Jazal Mountains are strategically located near the Homs Governorate’s border with the Hama Governorate; its proximity to the imperative desert-city of Palmyra (Tadmur) makes it an important site to control for the Syrian Armed Forces’ Central Command.

In addition to liberating these 8 hilltops in Jabal Jazal, the Syrian Armed Forces reentered the small village of Al-Dawa near Palmyra after another intense battle with ISIS this morning.

Recently, this desert front in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside has been the scene of violent clashes between the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIS after the former launched an assault on western Al-Raqqa three weeks ago.

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