Syrian Army comes closer to ISIS in central Syria desert

The Syrian Army and its allies advanced in the central Syrian desert on Monday and managed to liberate several areas in the province of Homs.

A Syrian military source said the Syrian Army and its allies had taken a number of villages around the town of al-Koum in northeastern Homs province.

This leaves a gap held by ISIS militants of around only 25 km (15 miles) between al-Koum and the town of al-Sukhna to its south, which was retaken by the Syrian government on Saturday.

If the army closes this gap they will encircle the Takfiri militants to their west in an area of land around 8,000 km square, Reuters said.