On Sunday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched another powerful assault on the town of Jazal after several failed attempts to recapture this area from the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside.

ISIS began their assault around 8:30 A.M. (Damascus Time) on Sunday morning, when a large contingent from the aforementioned terrorist group stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s frontline defenses at southern Jazal, capturing the southern sector of this town after two hours of intense firefights.

Following the capture Jazal’s southern sector, the terrorist group rolled through the town, capturing the remaining territory under the Syrian Arab Army’s control before they set their sights on the Jazal Gas Fields, which are located directly west of the town.

The terrorist group was able to capture two of the gas wells at the Jazal Gas Fields before reinforcements from Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) arrived to help push ISIS back to the town; this proved successful, as the terrorist group withdrew their fighters from the Jazal Gas Fields by nightfall on Sunday.

Currently, ISIS is in full control of Jazal; however, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division – in coordination with Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra – are countering at the western axis of the town.

The town of Jazal holds a strategic advantage for the entity that controls its borders, as it sits approximately 10km north of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and 2km south of the Al-Sha’ar Gas Fields that control the electrical distribution to the Homs Governorate.

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