BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 P.M.) – With most of the anti-ISIS efforts of pro-government forces being directed against the terrorist group in far eastern Homs Governonate, eastern Hama Governonate, Raqqa Governonate and in the Syrian Badia, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defence Forces (NDF) have now further increased military pressure on the Islamic State by attacking its forces south of Jib Jarrah in central Homs.
Today, the SAA and various national militias, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces (RuAF), advanced south of the town of Jib Jarrah and captured three new points situated 8 kilometers east of the Jbab Hamd area.
The advance was by no means without event. Resistance was encountered from ISIS who is heavily embedded in the semi-mountainous, partial desert region. With the conclusion of clashes for the day and the resulting withdrawal of ISIS forces from the combat zone, the terrorist group left behind at least 15 dead fighters.
It is unknown whether pro-government forces will choose develop the new advance by undertaking further offensive actions on this front in the days to come. If so, then such an engagement would most likely be tied to the greater regional operation to destroy the large ISIS bastion in eastern Hama.