Homs: Syrian Army, Russian Marines, Hezbollah advancing toward vital town near Palmyra

The Syrian Army troops along with Hezbollah forces and Russian Marines started a large-scale anti-ISIL military operation in Eastern Homs province to recapture the energy-rich town of Arak in the Eastern countryside of the ancient city Palmyra (Tadmur).

The Syrian army men, Russian marines and popular forces, backed up by the Russian and Syrian fighter jets, stormed ISIL’s strongholds in areas surrounding Arak at the beginning of their joint operation.

The Syrian and Russian warplanes pounded ISIL’s supply lines to Arak and al-Sukhnah towns, destroying their military vehicles and killing a number of them.

A military source said that the pro-government forces managed to drive ISIL out of several strategic positions around Arak and fortify the newly-freed positions.

“Given the continued air attacks on ISIL’s supply lines in the region and rapid advances of the government force, the key town will be soon freed,” he added.

Reports said earlier today that the army troops continued to hit ISIL’s defense lines in Eastern Homs and managed to deploy only 3km away from Arak energy field after hours of non-stop clashes.

The army troops engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL in Eastern Badiyeh (desert) and recaptured more positions overlooking Arak energy field.

A military source, meantime, said that the army men are now only 3km away from the center of Arak energy field.

In the meantime, the army forces engaged in clashes with ISIL along the road connecting Palmyra city to the town of al-Sukhnah, while the Syrian Air Force pounded ISIL’s positions and movements in areas surrounding al-Sawameha and Huweisis regions and in al-Sukhnah.

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