The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) kicked off their Badiya Al-Sham offensive on Thursday morning after several weeks of being on the defensive in the southeastern countryside of the Homs Governorate.
Backed by Hezbollah, the Syrian Arab Army began the offensive by liberating the Al-Ashrafiyah area of the Badiya Al-Sham region, forcing the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) to retreat further east into the vast Syrian Desert.
Following this advance, the Syrian Army and Hezbollah were able to score more advances after launching a big attack on the eastern axis of the Islamic State pocket.
The Syrian Army and Hezbollah would overrun the Islamic State’s lines in the eastern axis of the latter’s pocket tonight, liberating the entire Al-Musharifah and Rahbat Al-Musharifah area.
With ISIS on the run, the Syrian Army and Hezbollah continued their advance at midnight (local time), seizing more ground from the Islamic State just west of Al-Musharifah.
ISIS has controlled this part of Badiya Al-Sham for over three years and they continue to use the caves in this region to launch big attacks against the Syrian Army and their allies.