Late on Sunday, ISIS recaptured Al-Mushirfa Hill, also known as Al-Alam Hill, east of Al-Mushirfa al-Gharbia village in the eastern Homs countryside.
According to the ISIS-linked News Agency Amaaq, ISIS fighters managed to recapture the hill after a VBIED attack on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops in the area. ISIS claimed to have killed 20 Syrian soldiers and seized many weapons.
The SAA and the National Defense Forces (NDF) captured Al-Mushirfa Hill in the morning on Sunday after Russian and Syrian Air Force warplanes targeted ISIS positions in the hill and its vicinity. However, the NDF failed to defend the hill because of its poor preparation, according to an NDF source in Homs.
The SAA has been trying for a month to advance in the eastern Homs countryside and the eastern Hama countryside. However, it hasn’t been able to achieve any real gains.
ISIS had fortified the area and transferred large reinforcements to it as it is one of the last ISIS supply lines linked to the Free Syrian Army (FSA)-held areas in Idlib. It’s believed that the SAA will change its plan in the coming days and may launch an attack from the Ithriya-Salamiya road towards the south where its positions in the Al-Sha’ir field northeast of Palmyra.