Two days after the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) infiltrated into Well 101’s northern barrier, the Syrian Arab Army’s Special Forces brigade “Qawat Suqour Al-Sahra” (Desert Hawks) was able to secure the gas field after fierce clashes on Tuesday morning.
Following the Desert Hawks restoration of security at Well 101, the latter – in coordination with the 18th Tank Division of the 3rd Army Corps and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – rejoined their comrades besieging Well 105, continuing their assault on ISIS’ last stronghold at Jabal Al-Sha’ar (Poet Mountains).
On the road to the town of Al-Sikhnat, the SAA’s engineering units dismantled a total of 62 roadside bombs near the village of Arik in east Homs.
At Al-Sikhnat, the SAA’s 18th Brigade confronted a large ISIS contingent, killing 11 enemy combatants and destroying 4 of their vehicles that were mounted with doshkas and 23mm machine guns.
Perhaps the most violent battle in rural Homs took place at the Gold Bridge (Jissr Al-Dahab) in the village of Al-Ashraqiyah – a total of 29 militants were killed during the battle, including 6 identified enemy combatants from the ‘Akkar District in Lebanon.