DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:45 P.M.) – After years of being exposed to daily ISIS attacks in rural Homs and Hama, the National Defence Forces (NDF) have finally turned the tides on the terror group, leading an offensive alongside seasoned contingents of the Syrian Arab Army.
Footage released on Saturday shows the NDF scouting out jihadist gun positions and firing tank shells on them, thereby allowing infantry units to move in amid a long-term objective of pushing ISIS back towards Raqqa.
The footage shows the NDF capturing a hill overlooking Al-Mshirfah, a jihadist bastion which has been under ISIS control since 2014.
The NDF was formed in 2012 and is composed of local volunteers whom have been armed by the government to defend their hometowns from jihadist belligerents.
Although trained for defensive warfare, the NDF has, upon request by Damascus, agreed to lead an eastern Homs offensive alongside the 11th Division, 18th Division and 5th Legion.