Thursday the 26th of January has proven to be a constructive day for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in eastern Homs. Operations for the day have seen an expansion of the buffer zone around the T-4 military airport to both the north and the south with the capturing of several key sites along the way.
To the north of the T-4 military airport, the SAA expelled Daesh (ISIS) fighters from two key hilltops within the Jabal Tiyas mountain chain helping to further secure not only the latter mentioned military installation, but also the Homs-to-Palmyra highway. This highway is a critical communication line for ongoing pro-government operations in eastern Homs.
To the southeast of the T-4 airbase, the SAA has been pushing further south from the area of B’ir Al-Fawa’rah which was restored to government control on Wednesday.
All advances by the SAA have been made under the cover of heavy artillery fire, including the use of rocket batteries, and close air support provided by Russian gunships which roam the battlefield. The concentration of such firepower by the pro-government forces demonstrates that the Palmyra front remains highly active and, more specifically, that the SAA remains committed to its offensive to liberate the ancient city which was re-seized by ISIS in December of 2016.