DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was struck repeatedly by the Islamic State’s anti-tank arsenal today during a large-scale offensive which saw government forces advance a kilometer towards Al-Suknah and secure a string of nearby desert hills.
A handful of images released by Amaq Agency depicted ISIS militants striking the advancing SAA contingent, taking out two tanks near the Al-Hail oil field in eastern Homs.
The ISIS-linked outlet also claimed the SAA sustained 19 casualties to its foot soldiers in the very same attack although no footage was provided to back up the claim.
What Amaq Agency however failed to note was informed to Al-Masdar News by an exclusive military source who insisted the SAA killed over 30 ISIS militants on this frontier alone today.
The SAA is currently conducting two simultaneous pincers, one striking south through oil-rich rural Raqqa and another striking northeast from the ancient city of Palmyra.
If these pincer movements go to plan for commander-in-chief Suheil Al-Hassan, the SAA will cutoff over 150 ISIS-held villages in central Syria from the self-proclaimed caliphate’s eastern heartland which remains based around Deir Ezzor province.