On Saturday morning, the Russian Air Force led the assault on the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”, striking these aforementioned Islamist groups at the imperative cities of Talbiseh, Al-Rastan, ‘Umm Sharshouh, Dar Al-Kabeera, and Al-Hashimiyah.
The Russian Air Force’s MI-24 Hind Helicopter Gunships could be seen flying at a low elevation to strike the Islamist groups at the aforementioned cities, while their fighter jets carried out repeated airstrikes over Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army’s positions; this propelled the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) to continue their wide-scale offensive inside the Homs Governorate’s northern countryside.
According to a military source inside the provincial capital of the Homs Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 3rd Armored and 11th Tank Divisions – in coordination with the National Defense Forces – continued their advance inside the towns of Sunisil and Jaladiyah in the contested Al-Houla Plains, killing over 20 enemy combatants this morning, while also seizing the bus station.
The Syrian Armed Forces are currently targeting the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Nusra, and the Free Syrian Army near the strategic Homs-Hama Highway; if captured, the pro-government forces will have another major supply route to the provincial capital of the Hama Governorate.
The Russian Air Force has committed a number of military aircrafts to this northern Homs offensive in order to assist the Syrian Armed Forces attempting to advance across this rugged terrain inside the Al-Rastan and Al-Houla Plains.