On Tuesday, the Syrian Arab Army’s 91st Regiment of the 1st Armored Division – in coordination with Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – has forestalled the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) progress in the northern part of the Homs Governorate after they captured the remaining gas wells at Jabal Al-Sha’ar (Poet Mountains).
The success at Jabal Al-Sha’ar on Tuesday played an integral role in the Syrian Armed Forces reversing ISIS’ territorial gains on Wednesday morning, as their advancement in northeast Homs resulted in the SAA’s 91st Regiment and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra advancing to the village of Jazal and the nearby Jazal Oil Fields located northwest of the ancient city of Palmyra.
With Jabal Al-Sha’ar and the southern road leading to these mountains under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces focused their attention on Jazal and the oil fields to the east of the village, where they were able to break-through ISIS’ frontline defenses and secure the northern flank of these two sites in northeast Homs.
According to a military source in the Homs Governorate: if the Syrian Armed Forces were to launch a counter-offensive to retake the ancient city of Palmyra, they will likely strike ISIS’ positions from the north, as the latter’s original offensive to capture the city began at the northern flank of Al-‘Amariyah and spread to the Qassoun mountains at the western flank.
Meanwhile, west of Jabal Al-Sha’ar, ISIS continued their offensive at the villages of Al-Sultaniyah, Hosh Al-Zibadi, Al-Mushayrafa Al-Shamliyah, and Al-Salihiyah, where they attempted to take control of the Syrian Armed Forces’ remaining positions on the border of the Hama Governorate; however, the latter was successful in repelling the militant advance at these areas.
Despite the Syrian Armed Forces’ success at Jabal Al-Sha’ar, the militants from ISIS remain on the offensive at three different points in the eastern part of the Homs Governorate: Qurateen (southern flank), Al-Farqalas (central flank), and Al-Salihiyah (northern flank).