DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is not fooling around in eastern Homs, capturing three hills from Islamic State insurgents despite fierce clashes between the warring parties on Wednesday.

Pushing east of the newly liberated Al-Shumariyah mountain chain, the SAA captured three hills overlooking the imperative ISIS-held towns of Rasm Hamidah and Habra Al-Gharbiyah. As the footage below depicts, all types of heavy weaponry and warplanes were used to dislodge the hostile belligerents.

With fire control secured over the aforementioned ISIS bastions, the SAA’s 5th legion, 11th Division, 18th Division and National Defence Forces (NDF) have set up artillery positions on the hilltops, hoping to pound the jihadist insurgents into submission or have them leave voluntarily due to their towns being largely indefensible.

Long-term, the SAA hopes to safeguard its vulnerable Palmyra salient by pushing through an ISIS bulge at the provincial border between Hama and Homs.

If this SAA offensive goes to plan, government forces will also shorten their frontline, thus freeing up troops for other military campaigns.

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