The Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” (Qawat Al-Nimr) are on the move at Jabal Al-Jazal, as they have not only secured the aforementioned mountains and its oil fields, but also, the main road leading from Jabal Al-Sha’ar (Poet Mountains) to the town of Jazal; this has paved the way for the Syrian Armed Forces to make a major push south towards the ancient city of Palmyra in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate.
On Tuesday morning, the SAA’s Tiger Forces – in coordination with the 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) went on the offensive at the Tamer Al-Nifti Oil Fields, where they encountered a large contingent from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) at the northwestern perimeter of this area.
Following a series of intense firefights outside of the Tamer Al-Nifti Oil Fields, the Syrian Armed Forces successfully breached ISIS’ frontline defenses, resulting in their capture of all the oil wells located less than 10km northwest of the ancient city of Palmyra.
According to a military source, the Syrian Armed Forces suffered 8 casualties during their assault; meanwhile, ISIS reportedly lost 29 militants, including the following identified members: Bassem Afif Nasser, Sharif Ghassan Abu Waleed, Qusay Mohammad Yasseen, Mohammad Thabit Al-Hosni, Mohammad ‘Abdullah Al-Razan, and Mohammad Mahmoud Al-Ghannam.
In addition to their capture of the Tamer Al-Nifti Oil Fields, the Syrian Armed Forces pushed almost 1km south on the Jazal-Palmyra Road after engaging an ISIS contingent at the outskirts of Jabal Al-Jazal.