Around 9pm Damascus time, the Islamic State launched an assault – spearheaded by a VBIED suicide driver – in an attempt to capture the al-Mahr oil and gas fields in eastern Homs from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

However, the VBIED was intercepted and blown up by elements of the SAA’s 18th Division while the Tiger Forces quickly joined up to strengthen the defences at the government controlled al-Mahr oil field.

At least 30 ISIS fighters were killed during the assault which was repelled shortly before midnight; however, jihadist fighters managed to capture the al-Mahr hill, a small high point west of the al-Mahr oil field.

Five days ago, the Islamic State seized the neighbouring al-Sha’ar oil field after gradually gaining ground in an eastern Homs offensive launched on the 1st of May.

Meanwhile, the SAA’s Major General Suheil al-Hassan is planning the final strategic manuevers for a counter-offensive in the coming days which aims to recapture the lost al-Sha’ar oil and gas fields.

For now, no significant gains have been made by the SAA towards the al-Sha’ar oil fields as their artillery troops are shelling the area prior to the offensive.

Leading this government offensive will be the Tiger Forces and Desert Hawks Brigade, assisted by the SAA’s 11th Division and 18th Division.

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Luis Llo Glez
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Luis Llo Glez

I hope ISIS wears down first… After all, they don’t have air support, nor do they have heavy artillery or field intelligence…

Gulf Day
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Gulf Day

Nice

daeshit sucks
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daeshit sucks

Sorry, but they have artillery, APCs, sometimes even tanks or missiles, drones have been downed and even 1k€ drones can give you a very efficient field intelligence, even without direct access to US sats, some US “supposed” alliees can have it for them and even some civilian sats may be very useful as long as you have a real time access… For this case, they’ll probably go on sending troops as long as it is possible as they need these oil fields… The ‘road’ to the oil fields shall become under permanent fire in order to treat everything coming… The… Read more »

Gulf Day
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Gulf Day

Interesting this is really great

Tartus66
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Tartus66

Luis what do you read? nothing? ISIS has missiles and tanks and some med/heavy artillery and get intel from a number of sources.
What about them getting there own satellite courtesy of US? as reported months ago!