One week after liberating the strategic town of Maheen in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) and their allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Sadad and the Assyrian “Gozarto Protection Forces” (Sootooro) have shifted their attention to the predominately Syriac Christian city of Al-Quraytayn after conceding it to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in early August of this year.
Quraytayn is an ancient city in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside that dates back two millennia when the Assyrian Empire cultivated the desert terrain and created an inhabitable city, which later became a Syrian landmark for tourists and historians.
Besides its history and Syriac Christian population, Quraytayn is also strategically located 150km away from the Jabal Al-Tanf border-crossing into the Al-‘Anbar Governorate of Iraq; if captured, the Syrian Armed Forces will have 150km of empty desert to travel through in order to reach these mountains that overlook western Iraq.
According to preliminary reports from a battlefield journalist that is embedded with the Syrian Social Nationalist Party in Sadad, the Syrian Armed Forces have begun shelling ISIS at Quraytayn; however, they have yet to advance towards the Maheen-Quraytayn Checkpoint that leads to this city.
The battlefield journalist has not given a timeframe for this imminent offensive, but he did indicate that the contingency for this assault is still in the works.