On Thursday morning in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Brigade – in close coordination with Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – imposed full control over the village of Al-Bayarat after a violent battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).

Following the capture of Al-Bayarat, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade and their allies advanced to nearby Al-Dawah, where they were confronted by a large ISIS force inside the village’s northwestern sector.

Not long after entering Al-Dawah, the Syrian Armed Forces captured at least half of the village following an intense battle with ISIS.

In addition to entering Al-Dawah on Thursday, the Syrian Armed Forces also advanced to the Palmyra Quarries after retreating from this area during ISIS’ counter-offensive last month.

With their gains on Monday, the Syrian Armed Forces are now 2.5 km away from the ancient city of Palmyra’s western gates; this is the closest the government forces have been since their massive retreat from the area.

According to a military source in east Homs, the recent gains in the Palmyra countryside are only part of the preliminary offensive; this battle is expected to intensify in the coming weeks as several units from the Syrian Arab Army pour into this desert front.

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Michael Hovannesjan
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Thanks for the good news

Joe Bob
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I very much appreciate your work Leith but like the western press you are starting to have problems keeping your story straight. This is from last month.

“this latest advance left them within 400 meters of the castle and less than 2km away from the city’s gates.”

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/syrian-army-approaches-the-gates-of-palmyra-as-isis-calls-for-reinforcements/

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Hopefully they can capture the heritage sites with no further damages

Avelino Freitas Lino
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Avelino Freitas Lino

Honor your comrades fallen in combat in humiliating retreat they did.