Syrian government forces are going to block and to destroy a large group of ISIS terrorists Uqayribat in the eastern Hama countryside, Chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy announced on Monday.
Rudskoy said that the operation is now succseefully ongoing northwest of the government-held city of Palmyra.
According to experts, the goal of the operation is to shorten the frontline in central Syria and to free additional manpower that may be involved in the widely expected advance along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway.
Uqayribat is an important ISIS stronghold and ISIS has a wide network of defense points in the area. If it’s retaken by government forces, this will mark a collapse of the terrorist group in the area north of the Homs-Palmyra highway.