This morning, elements of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 11th Division and the National Defence Forces (NDF) stormed and seized a bunch of villages from the Islamic State in eastern Homs.
Thus, government troops were able to impose full control over the villages of Masada, Mushayrifah ash Shamaliyah, al-Salihiyah, Ard Krez, Rajm Altawil, and ‘point 802’.
No info was given about death toll although heavy firefights were witnessed in the area.
These villages formerly functioned as a launched pad for ISIS to attack the government stronghold of Jubb al-Jarrah, a town located southeast of Salamiyah.
Long-term, this SAA advance will also relieve the pressure on nearby Palmyra which is coming under increasing attacks by ISIS fighters eager to recapture the ancient city.