On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies captured the southern part and the center of Humaymah village in the eastern Homs countryside near the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
Furthermore, the SAA captured Tali’ah Sharqi and Gharbi villages north of Sukhnah town in the eastern Homs countryside.
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Russian and Syrian warplanes conducted dozens of airstrikes on ISIS positions in the eastern Homs countryside, according to pro-government sources.
The ISIS-linked Amaq news agency claimed that ISIS fighters destroyed a bulldozer of the SAA near Humaymah village with an ATGM. Amaq also published photos of an attack on SAA positions north and east of Sukhnah town.
In another development, pro-government sources claimed that US-led collation warplanes attacked the Tiger Forces in al-Kadir village between the southern Raqqa countryside and eastern Homs countryside. The sources also claimed that many fighters from the “Tarmah group” – a part of the Tiger Forces – were killed or injured in the airstrike.
If these claims are confirmed it will be hard for the US-led collation to justify attacking the SAA tens of kilometers away from any front line with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Amaq’s photos of the attack against the SAA near Suhkna: