On Saturday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Homs City and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – carried out a powerful assault at the eastern slopes of the Al-Hiyal Mountains (Jabal Al-Hiyal), killing over 40 enemy combatants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) as they advanced east towards the ancient city of Palmyra in the Homs Governorate.

According to a military source from the 11th Tank Division headquarters, the 67th Brigade and their allies overwhelmed the ISIS militants entrenched at the eastern slopes of the Al-Hiyal Mountains, seizing several points from the terrorist group en route to their advance past the town of Al-Bayarat in east Homs.

The military source from the 11th Tank Division added that among the dead ISIS militants at the eastern slopes of the Al-Hiyal Mountains were many foreigners from Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Iraq, including a terrorist identified as Yousif Hassan Al-Jandali (Saudi) and Ghassan Nader Khodor from Deir Ezzor.

The recent reinforcements to arrive to the east Homs front have provided the Syrian Armed Forces with a necessary boost to their manpower on the ground; this has proven necessary when combatting the large contingents of ISIS in eastern Syria.

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