DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:40 A.M.) – On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) amassed dozens of T-72 tanks, BMP-1 armored vehicles and machine-gun mounted pickup trucks to slice through ISIS-held territory in eastern Homs.

Advancing in columns through the Al-Abassiyah area some 40 kilometers south of Palmyra, tank commanders directed airstrikes to obliterate ISIS forward positions while infantry units quickly moved in to clear the ground and defend the newly liberated desert region.


The advance was heavily aided by Hezbollah (Lebanese pro-government paramilitary) on the ground and warplanes of the Russian Air Force from above.

From a strategic perspective, the SAA’s 11th and 18th tank divisions hope to outflank ISIS and thus avoid costly battles along the heavily mined M7-highway leading to Deir Ezzor, a military prize some 155 kilometers from the current frontline.

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Desert warfare is notoriously fluid but with modern surveillance systems the exploits of the British Long Range Desert Group in WW2 will hopefully be negated in the Syrian desert.

The SAA and their glorious allies will have earned the victory that is justified to them in their long and hard struggle against Saudi greed and American ‘Exceptionalism’.