The Syrian Arab Army’s 67th, 81st, and 120th brigades are working vigorously to liberate Quraytayn from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists that have plagued this strategic Assyrian city in the Homs Governorate’ southeastern countryside since August of 2015.
Recently, the liberation of the nearby city of Palmyra (Tadmur) has freed up the powerful pro-government paramilitary unit “Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra” (Desert Hawks Brigade), adding more depth to the number of soldiers partaking in this imperative offensive.
Now, all eyes are on Deir Ezzor and Quraytayn, as the Syrian Armed Forces mobilize and prepare to recapture large swathes of territory from ISIS and their tribal allies in eastern Syria.
The offensive in Quraytayn is already underway, with the Syrian Armed Forces storming the strategic mountaintop of Jabal Jabeel in the western countryside of the ancient Syriac Orthodox city.
Unlike their offensives at Palmyra and southern Aleppo, the attack on Quraytayn is solely a Syrian military operation.
Helping the Syrian Arab Army and the Desert Hawks in Quraytayn are the pro-government paramilitary forces from the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), Dara’ Qalamoun (Qalamoun Shield), and the national Defense Forces (NDF).
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are 1.5 km west of Quraytayn’s western gates; this will likely change in the coming days as they surround the city from three different flanks.
Majd Fahd from Damascus contributed to this report