BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a big assault in the eastern countryside of Homs, Sunday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) positions in the Hamimah area, which is located west of the strategic T-2 Pumping Station.
Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Corps and 18th Tank Division managed to capture several points from the ISIL terrorists during the morning hours on Sunday.
However, the Syrian Army’s assault would take a turn for the worse once Islamic State reinforcements arrived to help drive back the government forces around Hamimah.
According to a military source, the Syrian Arab Army lost a dozen soldiers in the counter-attack, while another 28 were wounded and/or captured by the Islamic State terrorists.
In addition to the casualty toll, the Syrian Arab Army also lost a surveillance drone and a tank during the assault on Sunday.
ISIL’s propaganda wing has begun publishing photos showing captured soldiers being beheaded by Islamic State terrorists after the battle.
It has been two weeks since the Syrian Army has reached the Hamimah area in eastern Homs and since that time, they have been unable to hold any ground captured from ISIL here.