The Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division received a big boost this weekend when the battle-hardened 555th Regiment of the 11th Tank Division arrived to the Palmyra front in order to help retake this strategic city located in the vast desert landscape of the Homs Governorate.
On Sunday morning, the 67th Brigade and the 555th Regiment – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Homs City – struck the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) defensive positions at village of Qasr Al-Hayr and the eastern groves of Al-Bayarat, killing several enemy combatants from the terrorist group, while also advancing east towards the western countryside of Palmyra.
With these battles taking place near Palmyra, ISIS attempted to take advantage of the Syrian Arab Army’s offensive by launching several attacks on the predominately Syriac Christian town of Sadad; however, the terrorist group ran into fierce resistance from the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), the National Defense Forces of Sadad, and the Gozarto Protection Forces (Assyrian militia from Al-Qamishli).
According to a military source from the SSNP in Homs City, ISIS launched an assault on Tal Sinni near the Sadad-Maheen Checkpoint, but they were unable to recapture this imperative hilltop from the Syrian Social Nationalist Party.
Both the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIS are attempting to gain the upper-hand in east Homs, as they continue conduct massive military operations along this vast desert front.