BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:55 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) wasted no time after the announcement of Al-Sukhnah’s liberation yesterday, liberating new areas from the remaining Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists clinging onto the eastern countryside of Hama.

Backed by heavy Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army’s Qalamoun Shield unit of the 3rd Division attacked the Islamic State’s positions near the town of Salba, scoring a new advance after an intense battle this afternoon.

According to a government source in Salamiyah City, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies seized several points, including the large hilltop of Tal Hikmat, from the Islamic State militants, killing and wounding scores of terrorists in the process.

The Syrian military is now gearing up for a major assault on the strategic town of ‘Uqayrbat, which is considered the Islamic State’s last stronghold in central Syria.

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