Over the past 48 hours, the Russian Air Force has been relentless in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate, striking several sites controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) near the strategic cities of Quraytayn and Palmyra (Tadmur).
According to some estimates, as many as 100 ISIS terrorists have been killed in the last 48 hours by these powerful airstrikes conducted by the Russian Air Force.
While the Russians pounds ISIS’ positions from the air, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has taken the opportunity to seize more heights around the ancient Assyrian city of Quraytayn.
On Thursday evening, the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th Brigade of the 2nd Division reported that they imposed full control over Hill 903 near the recently captured hilltop village of Talat Al-Souda.
As a result of this advance on Thursday, the Syrian Armed Forces are now within 1,500 meters of Quraytayn’s west district, which is the closest they have been to the city since their complete withdrawal to Maheen in August of 2015.
The Syrian Arab Army’s recent success in the Quraytayn countryside is due in large part to the Russian Air Force’s strategic bombing campaign, which is forcing ISIS to scatter along the wide-open desert terrain in order to evade the airstrikes.