Last week, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) captured Maheen in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside after they launched a counter-offensive just two weeks after the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th Brigade of the 2nd Division seized this imperative town that is located just 2km away from the Syriac Christian city of Al-Quraytayn.

Within 24 hours of capturing Maheen, ISIS turned their attention to Sadad, where they struck the Syrian Armed Forces’ defensive position at this strategic city that is situated to the east of the Homs-Damascus Highway.

Unable to bypass the Syrian Armed Forces’ defenses at Sadad, ISIS was forced halt their assault on this Syriac Christian city in order to evade the swarming Russian fighter jets that were pounding their frontline positions in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside.

On Sunday morning in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 120th Brigade – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Sadad and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) recaptured the small village of Al-Hadath and the Maheen-Sadad Checkpoint after a series of intense firefights with ISIS.

Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are attempting to push their way into the small village of Hawareen, where ISIS has built a firm line of defense; if captured by the pro-government forces, the town of Maheen will be under attack once again.

 

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