On Thursday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 3rd Armored and 11th Tank Divisions – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) – advanced deeper into the Homs Governorate’s northern countryside after a series of intense firefights with the Islamist rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra.”
The Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces launched their assault on Jabhat Al-Nusra’s positions at Tayr Ma’lat, where they were confronted by two contingents from Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army; this assault resulted in a fierce battle between the two sides for the army compounds and the Bedouin Neighborhood, which are both located at the southern axis of the town.
Following an intense battle at the Bedouin Neighborhood, the Syrian Armed Forces were able impose full control over this large residential area, killing 19 enemy combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army in the process, while suffering 8 casualties (6 NDF and 2 SAA soldiers) and the destruction of their T-55 tank.
Not long after the capture of The Bedoiun Neighborhood, the Syrian Armed Forces declared control over the army compounds that lead into the southern axis of Tayr Ma’lat; this allowed for the aforementioned government forces to finally break into the town and advance through the southern neighborhoods that were under the control of the Islamist rebel fighters.
In addition to their success at Tayr Ma’lat, the Syrian Armed Forces also advanced deeper into Al-Jawalek and Sinaysil after they took control of the western sectors belonging to each of these villages in the Al-Houla Plains.
The Syrian Armed Forces have made a substantial amount of progress in northern Homs, despite the rugged terrain; this success is due to the Russian Air Force, who can be seen above the advancing pro-government forces at all times.