Over the last 72 hours, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has been on the offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Brigade 128 area of the Qalamoun Mountains, where they are attempting to capture this strategic base in the Rif Dimashq Governorate’s northeastern countryside.
Launching their assault from Jaroud Qa’a in the Ba’albak Governorate of east Lebanon, ISIS has been able to secure several checkpoints across the Lebanese-Syrian border at the southern rim of the Homs Governorate; this paved the aforementioned terrorist group to strike the Qalamoun-Sadad Road.
On Saturday evening, ISIS’ official social media account on Telegram confirmed that they seized 6 points near the Brigade 128 base in the eastern slopes of the Qalamoun Mountains after a violent battle with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF).
Currently, ISIS is attempting to fight their way to the western flank of the predominately Assyrian city of Sadad in the Homs Governorate’s southeastern countryside.
Northwest of Sadad is the Tal Kalakh District, which is where the largest Syrian-Lebanese border is located: Al-Qusayr.
Sadad was liberated by the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division and Hezbollah during their first offensive in the Qalamoun Mountain; it has since been repopulated by the displaced Syrian population.