As reported earlier, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied forces managed to thwart the first attack by terrorists of the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) on T-4 Military Airport in the eastern part of Homs province.

A military source told Al-Masdar News that government forces, in close coordination with Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and Russian Aerospace Forces (RuAF), drove the jihadists back from eastern and southern outskirts of the aforementioned military installation.

The source added, that the SAA managed to push ISIS groups back to a distance of about 7 km to the east and to the south, and about 5 km to the north of the airbase. The main aim of this counterattack was to set up a new defensive perimeter around the base ahead of another ISIS assault.

Furthermore, multiple reports indicate arrival of the reinforcements in the area that were sent there in order to secure the strategic military airport. The government forces prepare a major counteroffensive which is expected to begin once ISIS advance is ultimately forestalled.

Hezbollah media wing published a video showing clashes between the Syrian Army and ISIS jihadists in eastern Homs:

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they need shovels and learn how to dig a proper defensive position, instead of just using berms that give no cover vrs artillery and mortar fire

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One of the signs of low morale and decline in officer competence among NDF and ‘non-elite’ parts of SAA is that they no longer even try to dig in.

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Jens Holm

They dont learn that in autoritate states. They didnt get orders from Damaskus about it.

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Many guys are paramilitaries or conscripts. You can’t simply expect being as efficient from amateur fighters as it would be in most of the western armies that for the most of them are 100% professional.

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Rus Sky

As a school students at 9th grade in Soviet Union we were learning and practicing this. In laying position it took 30 to 60 minutes to make personal entrenchment. Not sure if that would be perfect solution for Syrians as they like running and shooting blindly.

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VKS should send a few Tu-95 : they may not be as fast as Su-34/24 etc BUT they carry 15 tons of ordnance AND fly for 18 hours without refuelling, meaning that with a refuelling, a mission can last up to 36 or 54 hours (!!!). Having a few in the air with up to 60 KAB-250 onboard would nonetheless allow to pound the cockroaches but to track them without letting them to rest anywhere, in other terms : they can run but they can’t hide! Again, propeller aircraft have a HUGE advantage for air support : the ability to… Read more »