The Syrian Arab Army’s 3rd Armored and 11th Tank Divisions – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) – have made their first gains inside the Homs Governorate’s northern countryside, capturing the small village of Al-Khalidiyah Al-Dar after a short battle with the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra.”

Leading the operation in northern Homs, the Russian Air Force’s SU-25 fighter jets and MI-24 Hind Helicopter Gunships paved the way for the Syrian Armed Forces to be successful by striking a number of locations this morning, killing scores of enemy combatants and forcing the Islamist rebels to take cover from their powerful bombardments.

According to a military source in the Homs Governorate’s provincial capital, the village of Al-Khalidiyah Al-Dar is located just north of the Al-Maflaq Road and directly east of Dar Al-Kabeera – the source added that village itself is very small and currently uninhabited.

Following the capture of Al-Khalidiyah, the Syrian Armed Forces set their sights on the imperative city of Al-Ghantu, where they were confronted by a large contingent from the Free Syrian Army and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham; if the Syrian Armed Forces are successful in capturing Al-Ghantu, they will have a clear path to Talbiseh’s western flank.

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