One day after the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched their large-scale counter-offensive in the Homs Governorate’s southeastern countryside, the aforementioned terrorist group was repelled by the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th Brigade of the 2nd Division, resulting in the recapture of several hilltops and points that were lost near the ancient Assyrian city of Quraytayn.
According to a military source in the nearby city of Sadad, the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th Brigade – backed by the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – secured the Maheen-Quraytayn Checkpoint before recapturing Jabal Quraytayn; this aforementioned mountain overlooks the city’s western flank.
Meanwhile, south of the city, Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions), and Dara’ Qalamoun (Qalamoun Shield) cutoff the strategic road between the Jabal Al-Mahsaa (Mahsaa Mountains) and Quraytayn, leaving the ISIS terrorists without the ability to resupply themselves from the Iraqi border-crossing.
With the main road between Jabal Al-Mahsaa and Quraytayn cutoff, ISIS will now have to rely on the seasonal roads from the ancient city of Palmyra in order to resupply their terrorists fighting against the Syrian Armed Forces in southeastern Homs.
However, this leaves ISIS in a difficult situation because the Russian Air Force will specifically target these seasonal roads, making it difficult to get provisions to their fighters in Quraytayn.