On Monday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th Brigade of the 2nd Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions), and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) – imposed full control an important hilltop that overlooks the strategic city of Quraytayn in southeastern Homs after a violent battle with the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS).
According to a battlefield correspondent that is embedded in southeastern Homs, the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th Brigade and their allies seized the imperative hilltop of Taloul Al-Sid in the Al-Hazzm Mountains (Jabal Al-Hazzm), forcing the ISIS terrorists to flee towards the western gates of Quraytayn in order to avoid being overrun by the government soldiers.
The battle between Maheen and Quraytayn has long been a tug-of-war fight between the Syrian Armed Forces and the ISIS militants in southeastern Homs.
If the aforementioned terrorist group were to ultimately lose this ancient Assyrian city (Quraytayn), they will be in danger of conceding several kilometers of desert landscape to the Syrian Armed Forces that eventually lead to the Tanf border-crossing into the Al-‘Anbar Governorate of western Iraq.
While the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th Brigade and their allies push west, another pro-government force is pushing north through Jabal Al-Mahsaa.
This unit comprised of soldiers from Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) and Dara’ Qalamoun (Qalamoun Shield) are attempted to complete the military flank in Quraytayn by seizing Jabal Al-Mahsaa, which borders the aforementioned city.