BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – After liberating dozens of towns from ISIS throughout central Syria over the last fortnight, pro-government forces are now in a position to strike at one of the largest remaining jihadist strongholds in the region.

Today, Syrian forces secured the settlements of al-Shalishat, Um Ten and al-Nabtiyah located near the Shumarriyah Mountain Chain in north-central Homs Governorate.

In liberating al-Shalishat, Syrian Army troops became involved in a noteworthy battle against the Islamic State, ultimately killing and wounding at least a dozen ISIS militants over the course of the engagement and shelling those that retreated from the town.

By this advance, pro-government forces have secured almost every settlement in the area around the strategic town of Jibb al-Jarrah which is, following Uqayribat’s recent liberation, one of the most important ISIS strongholds left in central Syria.

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