BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have scored a big advance against ISIS in central Homs. The attack was made on a front that has been virtually inactive for months.
Today the SAA and allied outfits captured new points and hilltops from ISIS near the al-Tafha al-Janoubyah mountain chain to the northwest of the T-4 Military Airport. According to reports, pro-government forces advanced some two kilometers in the area.
The assault by pro-government forces was backed up by Russian airstrikes.
Although the push came on an unsuspected front, ISIS was by no means unprepared or willing to retreat; instead the terrorist group quickly assumed combat with pro-government forces as soon as it became apparent that the latter was making a committed advance.
According to a post-operation assessment provided to Al-Masdar News, pro-government forces killed at least twenty (20) ISIS militants as a result of the firefight that took place.
With the advances achieved by the SAA and its allies today, the buffer zone along the section of highway linking Homs to Palmyra as been expanded. Furthermore, the push has also brought pro-government forces closer to the strategic Huwysis area.
Whether this was just a one-off advance in the area or part of a greater offensive action is currently unknown.