DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 P.M.) – Fierce battles broke out in the sprawling Syrian desert as the government forces initiated a military campaign to reach out for the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
Led by the Russian-trained 5th Legion, the government troops attacked positions and outposts for the self-proclaimed Islamic State near the strategically-important Arak Gas Fields in the eastern countryside of Homs.
The battles have left scores of ISIS jihadists killed and wounded.
Using tanks, ATGMs and rocket launchers, the Syrian forces were filmed chasing ISIS militants and destroying their fortifications.
A new military operation has been already launched with the aim to lift the 2-year siege imposed by the Islamic State on Deir Ezzor.