For the last 24 hours, the United States (U.S.) Air Force has pounded the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) with multiple airstrikes at the ancient Syrian city of Al-Quraytayn in the Homs Govnernorate’s southeastern countryside, marking the first time any participant in the Anti-ISIS Coalition has targeted this vast desert area in Syria.
According to local sources, the U.S. Air Force conducted as many as six airstrikes over the city of Al-Quraytayn, targeting the terrorist group’s movements at this desert front that is mostly under their control.
In addition to the U.S. airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) launched their own series of aerial bombardments over Al-Quraytayn; however, the source confirmed that the SAAF and the U.S. Air Force conducted their airstrikes at different times in the day.
The Syrian Air Force concentrated on the ISIS agglomerations pushing towards the National Defense Forces (NDF) controlled city of Maheen, reportedly destroying two armored vehicles, while the units from the Syrian Armed Forces continued their assault on Al-Quraytayn’s western flank.
ISIS took control of Al-Quraytayn in early August 2015 after they launched a large-scale assault on this city; this led to the terrorist group abducting over 230 civilians without providing any details regarding their captivity.