BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continue to advance against ISIS in central Homs, today liberating a key village and putting themselves in position to create a second envelopment of the terrorist group’s already besieged forces within the ever-shrinking ‘Uqayribat pocket.
Early today, the Syrian troops secured al-Wahabiyah village which is located five kilometers to the west of Manukh town. Pro-government forces were able to take the settlement after a brief firefight with ISIS.
According the military sources, pro-government forces are looking to separate ISIS militants in central Homs from those in eastern Hama Governorate.
At the very least, pro-government forces hope that the threat of being double-besieged inside a single pocket will entice ISIS fighters to retreat north to eastern Hama, allowing the SAA to liberate central Homs without too much of a fight.
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