By the Conflicts News team
In the early morning of the 12th of August, the Elite Unit "Tiger Forces" of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) completed an airdrop 20 kilometres behind ISIS lines in northern Homs province, possibly in response to an ISIS raid the day before, during which one tank was destroyed, atleast six government fighters killed and one tank captured.
The villages of al-Qadir, Bir Rahum and Khirbet Muqman were captured following the operation. The Syrian Ministry of Defence also said that three tanks and dozens of machine-gun mounted pickup trucks were destroyed and several ISIS fighters were killed.
These SAA units north of al-Suknah are being used to push ISIS out of their westernmost lines and make it easier for the SAA to sweep central Syria in the area east of Salamiyah by attempting to besiege the ISIS areas in eastern Hama. When government forces capture al-Qawm and al-Taybah, located south of the villages taken today, they will have full control of the highway linking Palmyra, Suknah, al-Qawm and Resafa and thus besiege a large pocket of ISIS west of it.
The Syrian government advance comes amid a renewed push for Deir Ezzor as ISIS have collapsed recently in Aleppo, west and central Raqqa, but have been resisting strongly on the east Homs and al-Suknah front. The government forces are within 50 kilometres of Deir Ezzor along the south bank of the Euphrates river, but are still around 100 kilometres distant to Deir Ezzor on the east Homs/Deir Ezzor governorate border. It is likely that government forces will be within touching distance of Deir Ezzor city by the middle of September but ISIS continues to resist their inevitable losses.
The Syrian Ministry of Defence announced their successful operation via their Twitter account (@Mod_Gov_Sy). Pro-Hezbollah media sources reported in greater detail on Telegram (t.me/C_Military1).