Homs, Syria (3:05 A.M.) – The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) continued their large-scale offensive near the Al-Sha’er Gas Fields in northeast Homs on Friday, capturing more checkpoints from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Huwaysis area.

According to a military source at the T-4 Military Airport, the Islamic State managed to seize most of the checkpoints between the village of Huwaysis and the Al-Sha’er Gas Fields after a series of intense firefights with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Syrian Arab Army.

The Russian Air Force is now carrying out several airstrikes to forestall the Islamic State’s advance in northeastern countryside of the Homs Governorate.

ISIS has captured the village of Huwaysis before; however, a swift counter-offensive from the Syrian Arab Army reversed the terrorist group’s territorial gains earlier this year.

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