DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:05 P.M.) – Although initially succesful, the Islamic State’s large-scale offensive along the M7-highway between Al-Suknah and Deir Ezzor proved largely fruitless as government forces have reversed virtually all jihadist gains by now.
Brand new footage by the Hezbollah media wing shows the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – heavily aided by Russian warplanes – retaking lost territory in eastern Homs after systematically targeting Islamic State insurgents across the oil-rich desert region:
The video notably shows Syrian troops driving along M7-highway, most of which has been reopened, and drone footage reaffirming SAA control of Al-Suknah, a major government stronghold in central Syria that was on the verge of being captured by ISIS less than a week ago:
Great news: Suknah-Deir Ezzor road is reopened after ISIS has been driven out of the oil-rich area! pic.twitter.com/nUwqQozQZB
— Chris Tomson (@TheDaneChris) October 8, 2017
Next up, the SAA hopes to completely expel ISIS belligerents from Homs province in a military campaign that would put ISIS with its back against the wall in eastern Syria.