DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:10 A.M.) – Monday turned out rather successful for Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in Homs province as they managed to make several gains in eastern Palmyra countryside and in the area northwest of T-4 Airbase.
As Al-Masdar News reported earlier on Monday, SAA’s 5th Corps units seized several points around Dhuhour Al-Ghannam village northwest of the aforementioned military airport.
Two or three vehicles belonging to the so-called “Islamic State” were destroyed in the process, with more than 10 killed and injured.
In the meantime, another contingent of government forces continue violent clashes against IS near the strategic Arak district east of Palmyra where jihadists put up fierce resistance trying to forestall Syrian Army’s advance.
Arak gas fields and a town of the same name are strategically situated along the Palmyra – Deir Ezzor Highway. In case of liberation of the area by SAA and allies, the only IS stronghold laying on the path to besieged Deir Ezzor will be Sukhnah town located approximately 40 kilometres northeast of Arak.
In the same time, there is almost no significant point on the way from Arak to Sukhnah, where IS jihadists could potentially establish defensive positions, which means that after the eventual fall of Arak they will be effective rolled back 40 kilometres northeastwards.