On April 22, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) continued their large-scale combing operation in the eastern Homs countryside.
Government forces advanced from several directions clearing the following areas:
- The vast desert area laying between al-Sayyad gas factory, Wadi al-Dubiyat, Wadi al-Nqab, the sulfuric well and the Syriatel hill to the east of the town of al-Sukhnah.
- The region laying between the towns of al-Rashuaniyah, al-Nyariah and the administrative border of Deir Ezzor.
In the course of the operation, several hideouts of ISIS were uncovered then destroyed by rocket launchers and artillery.
The SAA and the NDF launched a large-scale combing operation in eastern Homs last week. The operation is meant as a response to recent attacks by ISIS cells hiding in the Homs desert, between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor.
Thus far, the operation has helped contain ISIS cells within the Homs desert. Nevertheless, more efforts will be needed to neutralize the terrorist group’s presence in Syria’s central region.