On Tuesday morning in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has launched a counter-attack in the western countryside of Palmyra (Tadmur) after enduring a 10 day long offensive from the Syrian Armed Forces.
ISIS began the counter-assault at the small village of Al-Dawa, where they struck the frontline positions of the National Defense Forces (NDF) near the western axis of Palmyra.
Following an intense series of firefights with the National Defense Forces and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions), ISIS was finally able to impose full control over Al-Dawa, marking the second time in two months that they have recaptured this village.
In addition to recapturing Al-Dawa, ISIS also seized four checkpoints outside of Al-Dawa and a large cache of weapons, ammunition, and armored vehicles.
The terrorist group has now shifted its attention to the imperative village of Al-Bayarat; this was captured by the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division two weeks ago.