On Tuesday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) conducted another powerful assault on the Tiyas Military Airport and the Teefor Pumping Station in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside, targeting a number of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) military installations around the base’s southeastern entrance.
Per usual, the ISIS assault began during the wee hours of Tuesday morning, when a suicide bomber attempted to detonate his vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) at the southeastern entrance of the Tiyas Military Airport; however, the suicide bomber’s vehicle was destroyed by the Syrian Arab Army soldiers at the guard post.
Following the unsuccessful suicide bombing, a large contingent of ISIS fighters stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s military installations to the southeast of the Tiyas Military Airport, where they were engaged in a long engagement with the Syrian Armed Forces before they withdrew their assault due to the approaching nightfall over the vast desert of the Homs Governorate.
According to a military source, the Syrian Armed Forces killed 21 enemy combatants from the terrorist group, including Jamal Sa’eed Hamid, Khaled Mohammad Al-Masri, Mohsen Yousif Khadeer, Mohammad Mustafa Hashem, Bashir Fouad Al-Halaqi, and ‘Abdel-Rahman Hussein Ghannem.
Meanwhile, to the east of the Tiyas Military Airport, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) – pounded ISIS’ positions in east Al-Dawat, killing 9 enemy combatants and destroying 2 armored vehicles mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns.
North of Palmyra City, a contingent from the SAA’s “Tiger Forces” and Hezbollah continued their assault on ISIS’ defensive positions at the eastern perimeter of the Ancient Quarries, where they pushed further south along the road leading to this historical city.