On Thursday morning, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – continued their advance in the southern countryside of the Tiyas Military Airbase, capturing more territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS)in the Al-Hayl Mountains and the Al-Abyad Valley of east Homs.
The joint Syrian Armed Forces launched their assault on the terrorist group’s positions outside of the Al-Hayl Castle, where they would later impose control over a number small hilltops along the Al-Hayl Mountains before sundown on Thursday night.
In addition to their successful assault in the Al-Hayl Mountains, the Syrian Armed Forces advanced deep into the heart of Wadi Al-Abyad (White Valley), killing over 20 enemy combatants, while destroying five armored vehicles mounted with a variety of anti-aircraft machine guns.
As of Thursday night, the Syrian Armed Forces have created a large buffer-zone around the southern perimeter of the Tiyas Military Airbase and the T-4 Pumping Station that stretches as far south as Jabal Al-Hayl.
Meanwhile, north of Palmyra, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) pounded ISIS’ positions near the Ancient Quarries, reportedly killing 28 armed combatants from the terrorist group – clashes between the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” and ISIS followed the multitude of airstrikes from the air force.