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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Syrian Army Annihilates ISIS in Homs, Reopens All Roads Between Palmyra And Damascus


On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unleashed thousands of soldiers and hundreds of military vehicles in a massive joint push that ultimately linked up government forces on the Palmyra front with those on the provincial border between Homs and Rif Dimashq. With all roads linking Damascus and Palmyra now under government control for the first time since 2014, the SAA was able to reopen the M90, M53, and M45 motorways today. The rapid coordinated offensive against ISIS represents the single largest advance by any faction in Syria in 2017. Effectively, ISIS had to withdraw entirely from central Homs, conceding control of some 3,000 square kilometres in 48 hours. The SAA advance reduced the area under ISIS control significantly. Amongst the sites liberated today were the Abu Dali mountains, Manqourah, Thunyat Wadha, al-Anebah triangle, Khan al-Anebah, Ulaniyah town, Bardah town, the entire al-Sawwanah area, Manqourah Quarries, the Zaqaqiyat Khalil mountains, and the key junction town of al-Busyrah. In addition, Syrian government forces cut off non-hostile opposition forces in the East Qalamoun pocket for good, ending their dreams of meeting up with US-backed rebels based near the desert. The SAA also released footage of its forces advancing through the desert, deploying infantry, tanks, artillery, and overwhelming airpower to drive back the ISIS insurgents.

Click here for a fully-interactive map of the region, depicting recent advances

25 May 2017

Chris Tomson

AMN al-Masdar News



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