On Monday afternoon in the southeastern countryside of the Homs Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th and 81st brigades of the 2nd Division – alongside several pro-government paramilitary units – continued their cleansing operations at the eastern slopes of the Qalamoun Mountains, liberating 2 more important sites near the Damascus Governorate border.
The Syrian Armed Forces were able to impose full control over the Thaniyah Wall and Talat Qabr ‘Antar in the Qalamoun Mountains after a violent battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) on Monday.
According to a battlefield correspondent in Damascus City, the Thaniyah Wall and Talat Qabr ‘Antar are both located to the southwest of Jabal Al-Mahsaa (Al-Mahsaa Mountains) in southeastern Homs; these aforementioned sites were captured by ISIS during their offensive last month.
Helping the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th and 81st brigades liberate the Thaniyah Wall and Talat Qabr ‘Antar were the pro-government paramilitary units from Dara’ Qalamoun (Qalamoun Shield), Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), and the National Defense Forces (NDF).
The Syrian Arab Army’s recent military operations along the eastern slopes of the Qalamoun Mountains coincide with their offensive in the ancient city of Quraytayn’s western countryside.
In order to secure the strategic city of Quraytayn, the Syrian Armed Forces will have to eliminate all possible threats in the Qalamoun Mountains and southeastern Homs.