The liberation of Palmyra (Tadmur) on Sunday morning has paved the way for the Syrian Armed Forces to concentrate on the strategic city of Quraytayn that has been under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) since August of 2015.
Minutes after the Syrian government announced the liberation of Palmyra, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th (18th Division), 81st (2nd Division), and 120th (2nd Brigade) brigades launched a series of attacks near Quraytayn, capturing several hilltops in the process.
According to a military source near Quraytayn, the Syrian Armed Forces liberated Tulaal Al-Soud, points 850 and 849, and Tulaal Al-Rumayli after a violent battle with the ISIS terrorists on Sunday.
The Syrian Arab Army was not alone in this fight, however, they were joined by members of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), Dara’ Qalamoun (Qalamoun Shield), Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), and the National Defense Forces (NDF).
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are 1.5 km northwest of Quraytayn; they are expected to enter this city in the coming days, as they intensify their assault on ISIS’ defenses.
The city of Quraytayn is located in the Homs Governorate’s southeastern countryside; it was captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham in early August of 2015.