PALMYRA, SYRIA (9:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s 11th Tank Division launched a large-scale offensive in the northeastern countryside of Homs on Tuesday that targeted the ISIS-held mountaintop of Jabal Al-Sha’er.

Backed by several pro-government units, including the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), the Syrian Armed Forces stormed the Islamic State’s defenses near the strategic hilltop of Tal Sawwan in the northeastern countryside of Homs.

Following a series of intense firefights, the Syrian Armed Forces established control over several hilltops and points located between Jabal Al-Sha’er and Tal Sawwan.

On Wednesday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces continued this large-scale offensive, attacking the ISIS-controlled checkpoints located just west of the Al-Sha’er Gas Fields; these clashes are still ongoing.

The main objective of this northeastern Homs offensive is to recapture Jabal Al-Sha’er and establish control over the northern road to Palmyra (Tadmur).

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