On Saturday evening, the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Sadad – in coordination with the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) and the Assyrian “Gozarto Protection Forces” (Sootooro) – launched a powerful assault on Jabal Maheen (Maheen Mountains), targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) defensive positions along this small mountain in the deserts of east Homs.
Following a violent battle with the ISIS militants entrenched in the Maheen Mountains and the Maheen Orchards, the National Defense Forces and their allies broke-through the terrorist group’s defenses and imposed full control over this rugged area that overlooks the strategic town of Maheen.
With Jabal Maheen under their control, the National Defense Forces and their allies now control the entire area to the north of Maheen, including the villages of Al-Hadath and Hawareen that were captured during yesterday’s counter-offensive to push the terrorist group away from the Syriac Christian city of Sadad.
Recently, ISIS has reinforced Maheen in preparation for a massive assault from the National Defense Forces and their allies; however, the pro-government forces have yet to commit the necessary military personnel to overpower the terrorist group and seize this imperative desert town that leads to the city of Quraytayn.
If the Syrian Armed Forces can recapture Maheen, they will be within striking distance of Quraytayn; this aforementioned city was captured by ISIS in early August after a two day battle with the National Defense Forces.