On Thursday afternoon, the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) launched a massive attack on the strategic T4 (Tiyas) Military Airport in Homs eastern countryside striking the Syrian Arab Army’s defensive positions from three different sides simultaneously.
Violent clashes are currently ongoing at SAA’s checkpoints around the airbase with the militants’ onslaught being yet to dissipate. In addition to that, the terror group continues relentlessly shelling the airbase territory with ‘Grad’ missiles and artillery shells. A military source at T4 Airbase told Al-Masdar News that he had never witnessed such an intensive artillery fire by ISIS before.
So far, according to the same source, ISIS terrorists did not manage to make any progress, with 2-3 kilometers of buffer zone still separating their current positions from the airport’s perimeter. However, it is still too early to say whether their attack has failed or not, as heavy firefights are ongoing at this moment.
Supporting the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies from above are the Russian Aerospace Forces (RuAF) and the Syrian Arab Airforces (SyAAF), although they were not much active today, in comparison with previous days, due to harsh weather conditions in the area. Besides, when ISIS started shelling the airfield, SyAAF’s fighter jets had been suspended from taking off for safety reasons. However, according to the military source, attack helicopters are still able to carry out sorties from the airfield.
Finally, the military source has denied reports that claim that the airbase is completely besieged.
The picture above was taken by ISIS militants today from their positions in about 2 kilometers from the airport’s eastern perimeter.