BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitary forces have scored a major advance against Islamic State fighters occupying the town of Al-Qaryatayn in eastern Homs province.
Yesterday, pro-government troops of the Syrian Arab Army and the National Defence Forces – backed up by Russian airpower – scored a key advance against ISIS militants on the eastern outskirts of the oasis town.
After fierce clashes lasting half a day, pro-government forces succeed in securing the Awamid hills and the Al-Qaryatayn farms.
By this advance, Syrian forces have gained fire control over the eastern side of Al-Qaryatayn and placed themselves in a position to storm the town from this direction.
The Islamic State presence in Al-Qaryatayn is estimated by some military sources to be around several hundred fighters. As pro-government forces move into the town itself, a very intense battle is expected to erupt since this is where ISIS will most likely concentrate it main defensive effort.