December 8 morning, ISIS terrorists launched a large scale attack on Syrian government forces north of the ancient city of Palmyra in the province of Homs.
The terrorist groups’ offensive has been ongoing in two directions:
- From Huwaysis to al-Mahr field
- From Ash-Shair to Jazal
After the start of advance, ISIS-linked Amaq news agency claimed that the terrorist gorup’s fighters killed over 60 Syrian soldiers and overrun government forces defenses in 8 checkpoints.
In turn, pro-government sources claimed that initial ISIS attacks were repelled. The Syrian state-run SANA news agency added that 8 technical vehicles belonging to terrorists were destroyed. Both versions have to be confirmed by evidence from the ground.
Local sources say that heavy clahes are ongoing in the area.
Today’s attack is the biggest ISIS offensive near Palmyra in the recent months. Most likely, it’s related to the recent defeat suffered by “moderate rebels” in Aleppo city. With this move, states sponsors of terrorism in Syria is aiming to show that the Syrian government has not taken an upper hand in the ongoing war despite all efforts of the Syrian-Russian-Iranian alliance.