After retaking three gas fields in eastern Homs from the Islamic State over the past week, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has now also reached the outskirts of the Jazal and Al-Mahr oil fields.

According to an Al-Masdar News source, these oil-rich sites are expected to fall into government hands within the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, the SAA is fortifying the newly captured Hayan gas field while Syrian engineers are working overtime to reconnect the facility with the government mainland.

Remarkably, most of the current frontline areas in the Palmyra region are left unmanned by ISIS while mines are the only obstacle preventing the SAA from quicker advances.

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Nestor Arapa

Como dice el informe, “la mayoría de las zonas de primera línea actuales en la región de Palmyra se quedan sin tripulación por ISIS”… ISIS está replegando hombres hacia Deir-Ezzur y Al-Raqqa para reforzar sus defensas frente el avance de SDF desde el norte.

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Great focus and interpretation Nestor, pity that your “conclusion” is coming from another article from AMN. What are the risks of such a move by ISIS? Would SAA fall for it (again)? How can SAA best use the presented situation? How will other involved sides use it? Those are the questions that need answers…