On Thursday afternoon in the Homs Governorate’s southeastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th Brigade of the 2nd Division – backed by Dara’ Qalamoun (Qalamoun Shield) and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – continued their advance towards the southern district of Quraytayn after a violent battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
The Syrian Armed Forces were able to seize a number of small hilltops from the ISIS terrorists at Jabal Al-Mahsaa’s northern perimeter, leaving them within a few kilometers of the ancient Assyrian city of Quraytayn.
In addition to their advance from the south, another battalion from the 120th Brigade attacked the ISIS terrorists along the Maheen-Quraytayn Road, where they were able to recover the Maheen-Quraytayn checkpoint; this aforementioned site has been recaptured and lost on a number of occasions in the past.
The city of Quraytayn was captured by ISIS last August during their large-scale desert offensive in southeast Homs that resulted in the terrorist group seizing the Tanf border-crossing into the Iraqi province of Al-Anbar.
Since losing this imperative city, the Syrian Armed Forces have attempted to recapture it on several occasions; however, they have been unable to bypass ISIS’ first line of defense in the city.