One year after the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) captured Jabal Al-Sha’ar (Poet Mountains) and the gas wells situated across this mountainous terrain in east Homs, the Syrian Arab Army’s 18th Tank Battalion – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) – were able to oust the terrorist group from their positions and take complete control of this area.
The Syrian Armed Forces were able to secure Jabal Al-Sha’ar after a failed offensive by ISIS that later resulted in the latter group’s exposure to the numerous airstrikes launched by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) at Wells 101 and 103 in the northwestern part of the mountains; this counter-assault left a large number of enemy combatants dead, including ‘Abdel-Rahman Zaid Al-Jassimi, Mohammad Rakan Al-Fawzi, Mohammad Mahmoud Qassem, and Yousif Radwan Ghaleb.
With Jabal Al-Sha’ar secured by the Syrian Armed Forces, ISIS’ attack on the village of Jazal was their last chance to forestall the SAA’s advance across this rugged territory; however, the combatants from ISIS were unsuccessful, as the Syrian Armed Forces recaptured all of their defensive points that ISIS took control of on Monday morning.
In addition to their counter-assault at Jabal Al-Sha’ar, the Syrian Armed Forces – led by SAA’s 550th Brigade – attacked the Asphalt Factory near the ancient city of Palmyra, where they attempted to breach ISIS’ frontline defenses before they were forced to withdraw due to the Syrian Air Force’s bombing campaign in the eastern part of the Homs Governorate.
The Syrian Air Force was relentless on Tuesday, as they launched over 80 airstrikes over the Modern District of Palmyra, the Third Army Station, the Desert and Development Building, Al-Sikhanah, Al-‘Arak, Al-Hayl Gas Fields, the Palmyra Airport, and Al-‘Amariyah; these airstrikes targeted the large agglomerations of ISIS fighters in east Homs.