On Friday afternoon, the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Sadad, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and the Assyrian “Gozarto Protection Forces” (GPF) launched a counter-assault outside the predominately Syriac Christian town of Sadad, targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) defensive positions near the Maheen-Sadad Checkpoint in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside.
According to a military source in the provincial capital of the Homs Governorate, the Syrian Armed Forces launched this counter-assault around 10 A.M. (Damascus Time), striking the strategic hilltop of Tal Hazim Al-Thalatha; this is the last hill before the ISIS controlled town of Maheen.
Following a series of intense firefights with the ISIS combatants, the National Defense Forces, Gozarto Protection Forces, and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party broke-through the terrorist group’s defenses, seizing the entire hilltop of Tal Hazim Al-Thalatha after only 5 hours of fighting at this desert front.
As a result of this successful assault in the Palmyra Triangle of east Homs, the Syrian Armed Forces are now on the outskirts of the ISIS controlled town of Maheen; this aforementioned town was captured by the terrorist group last month after only two days of battle with the National Defense Forces.
If the Syrian Armed Forces are able to recapture Maheen from ISIS, they will be within 2km of the ancient Syriac Christian town of Quraytayn that was captured by the terrorist group in early August.