DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:50 P.M.) – On Thursday morning, mechanized elements of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated a massive chunk of mountainous territory southwest of Palmyra, virtually expelling ISIS from its vulnerable pocket east of the predominately Christian city of Al-Qaryatayn.

Following already huge gains in eastern Homs over the previous 48 hours, the SAA captured numerous strategic sites, including Bardah town, the entire Al-Sawwanah area, the Zaqaqiyat Khalil mountains and the key junction town of Al-Busyrah.

Squadrons over Russian helicopters supported the advance, hunting down ISIS insurgents who frantically withdrew from the aforementioned points as dozens of SAA tanks rolled into the region, completely shattering their long-standing defensive line.

Effectively, the Khnevis area is virtually surrounded by government forces; this region is vital as it could link up SAA contingents on the Palmyra frontier with those stationed in eastern Damascus, thus cementing the encirclement of the East Qalamoun rebel pocket.

Chris Tomson | AMN

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lawmann josto

This is great news.Keep up the good work SAA of getting rid of terrorists

Assad must stay
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Assad must stay

Great new 🙂
f**k them all 🙂

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Flay the Daeshbags

the map on Wikipedia also shows that the Arak gas fields are now under SAA control. confirm or deny?

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Fred Flinstone

It’s confirmed arak gas fields are under control of SAA, however not the town of ARAK!

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Fred Flinstone

Wooo hoooo!
Come on SAA and allies, seal that border. Get to al-tang so that US backed forces have no logistical lines to der ezzor from Jordan or Iraq.
NOTE# now NATO is calling to immediately get involved in Syria (why so late? BECAUSE THEY ARE LOSING THE CONTROL OF THE BORDER!)
America is getting its a*s kicked STRATEGICALLY!
Lets all hope Turkey stays with Iran, Russia and Syria. Its vital!