DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:30 P.M.) – Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues its military operations against so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) in Homs countryside.
On Tuesday, units of SAA’s 5th Army Corps alongside with National Defense Forces (NDF) launched an attack in the surroundings of the strategic T4 Airbase striking IS positions northwest of this military installation.
The assault proved successful as government forces managed to capture eastern and northwestern slopes of Al-Tafhah hills. Syrian Army used abandoned Armoured Battalion base recaptured from IS approximately two weeks ago as a springboard for today’s attack.
As a result of intense clashes, at least 20 IS jihadists were neutralized, while no less than 4 vehicles were destroyed as well, including an armoured vehicle and a pickup truck mounted with ZSU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun.
Map below shows the approximate location of recent SAA’s territorial gains in Homs province: