DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:00 A.M.) – New batch of reinforcements for Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has arrived in eastern Hama countryside, as government forces began their long-awaited offensive to liberate Uqayr’bat city, the main stronghold of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) in the region.
Military source told Al-Masdar News that well-known Qalamoun Shield Brigade was deployed to east Hama to take part in the unfolding major military operation.
Qalamoun Shield is a pro-government paramilitary unit under command of SAA’s 3rd Armoured Division.
Previously, fighters of this brigade participated in a string of vital battles Syrian Army fought against both IS and various jihadist opposition groups.
The most recent battle the brigade took part in was April’s SAA counter-offensive in northern Hama countryside.