BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:45 A.M.) – Yesterday, ISIS renewed its offensive in east Homs in a bid to take from pro-government forces the small city of as-Sukhnah in east Homs. The city, situated along the the Palmyra to Deir Ezzor (M20) highway, is currently in grave danger of being overrun.
According to reports, ISIS has gained full fire control over the roads leading to as-Sukhnah from the eastern (via Kabbajb), western (via Arak) and southern (via T-3) directions.
Sources are also saying that ISIS is quite “aptly” employing is 23-mm cannon-armed trucks to pick away at government defenses. At the same time the jihadist faction is also using mortars to shell the road running from Arak to as-Sukhnah.
ISIS is in the midst of an push to take the mountain of Tantour in order to gain full fire control over as-Sukhnah and greatly improve their chances of being able to force the Syrian Army to withdraw from the city.