Soldiers from the 3rd Armored Division cross an open field after the Islamist rebels fled building ahead.

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.

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