On Tuesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 3rd Armored and 11th Tank Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) – carried out a powerful assault on the defensive positions of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) at Tayr Ma’lat, advancing across the southern countryside of this rugged town in northern Homs.
According to a military source inside the provincial capital of the Homs Governorate, the Syrian Armed Forces entered Tayr Ma’lat after a series of intense firefights with Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) that stretched for almost four days before the aforementioned Islamist groups finally withdrew from this town’s southern gates on Tuesday morning.
Despite claims of its capture, the Syrian Armed Forces have not taken full control of Tayr Ma’lat – the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army are still in control of most of the town; this battle will likely intensify in the coming days, as the Syrian Armed Forces push further north towards the integral city of Al-Ghantu in the Al-Rastan Plains.
Earlier this morning, the Syrian and Russian Air Forces struck Tayr Ma’lat several times in order to destroying the Islamist rebels’ main weapons and ammunition depot that is reportedly located in the northern part of the town.
In addition to their airstrikes over Tayr Ma’lat, the Syrian and Russian Air Forces also struck the cities of Talbiseh, Al-Rastan, Umm Sharshouh, and Al-Ghantu on Wednesday morning.