On Thursday morning in the Homs Governorate’s southeastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th Brigade of the 2nd Division – in coordination with the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Sadad – imposed full control over several hilltops along the Sadad-Maheen Road after a fierce battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) near the town of Maheen.

The Syrian Arab Army’s 120th Brigade and their allies continued where they left off on Wednesday, capturing more sites from the terrorist group near the strategic town of Maheen; these sites included the hilltops of Wadi Hassaan Al-Kabeer, Wadi Hassaan Al-Sagheer, Wadi Al-Khadra, and Najmit Khadra.

According to a military source that is embedded with the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, the Syrian Armed Forces killed over 20 enemy combatants from ISIS, including several Iraqi, Saudi, and Chechen militants at the northern perimeter of Hawareen in southeast Homs.

Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are positioned just 2km north of Maheen after their massive advance along the Maheen-Sadad Road on Christmas day – fighting is still ongoing between the two parties, as the pro-government forces continue to push towards Maheen.

ISIS sources have attempted to hide these gains by declaring victory at “three axes”; however, the Syrian Armed Forces are only pushing towards Maheen from one axis and the SSNP provided footage of their advance.

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