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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIS) activated their sleeper cells in the southeastern countryside of Homs, today, leading to a big assault against the Syrian military near the town of Muhasah.

Taking advantage of the Syrian Arab Air Force’s (SyAAF) absence in the area, the Islamic State was able to seize several points from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) in the Al-Quraytayn countryside.

According to a report from the provincial capital of Homs, the Syrian forces near Muhasah were forced to retreat from several points in order to avoid being overrun by the terrorist group.

The report added that the Islamic State launched their assault from more than one axes, as they maintained a presence in the mountains and caves near Muhasah.

Syrian military reinforcements from nearby Al-Quraytayan are expected to arrive shortly to help drive back the terrorists; however, it may take some time, as they are mostly operating without air support.

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Did they “take advantage” of the situation or are they an integral part of the US plans?