On Friday morning in the southeastern countryside of the Homs Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th Brigade of the 2nd Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham (Desert Hawks Brigade), and Dara’ Qalamoun (Qalamoun Shield) – continued their advance towards the strategic city of Quraytayn, striking the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) positions at the important hilltop of Tal Quraytayn.
The Syrian Armed Forces were able to seize the western perimeter of Tal Quraytayn after an intense battle with the ISIS terrorists protecting this hilltop.
Assisting the Syrian Armed Forces from above was the Russian Airforce; they would carry out several airstrikes over this vast desert area of southeastern Homs, killing a number of ISIS combatants in the process.
According to a military source in the Homs Governorate, the Syrian Armed Forces reportedly destroyed an ISIS tank during the battle at Tal Quraytayn; however, the death toll for the aforementioned terrorist group is still unknown.
In addition to their advance at Tal Quraytayn, the Syrian Armed Forces continued their military operations at Jabal Al-Mahsaa in southern Quraytayn, attacking a number of ISIS controlled hilltops along the main road to the ancient Assyrian city.