The Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Tiger Forces – have captured Al-Dawat near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate.
With Al-Dawat under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces are now less than 5 kilometers away from Palmyra’s western flank; if the latter can continue this steady advance along the Palmyra-Homs Highway, they will reach the small collection of mountains on the outskirts of the city in a matter of days.
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces have moved their frontlines to Abu Al-Farawis on the outskirts of Palmyra, where they have begun to bombard the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s positions from the western flank of the city; this will likely be their entry point if they do decide to besiege Palmyra.
Meanwhile, southwest of Palmyra, the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIS are deadlocked in a fierce battle for control of the town of Khanayfees and the nearby Phosphate Mines.
ISIS has imposed control over most of Khanayfees; however, with the help of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF), the Syrian Armed Forces have been able maintain control over the northwestern sector of the town.
In addition to their offensive near the city of Palmyra, the Syrian Armed Forces have conducted a new assault on the town of Jabab Al-Ahmad, attacking ISIS’ positions from the western flank – ongoing clashes.