DAMASCUS, SYRIA (15:30 P.M.) – Two consecutive jihadist assaults were launched this morning in eastern Homs as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) came under attack at checkpoints between the Ibn Arsan and Sawanah mountains, usually refered to as the Mahasaa axis. Another attack was observed at the Al-Qaryatayn dam, southwest of Palmyra.

According to Al-Masdar News field reporter Ibrahim Joudeh, both ISIS attacks were fully foiled although clashes continued until noon. The source added that preemptive SAA artillery shelling had done their job, fighting back the hostile militants.

Subsequently, SAA units and members of the National Defence Forces (NDF) retrieved the bodies of 5 ISIS insurgents whom were killed due to skirmishes and direct artillery hits.

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It could not be determined how many jihadists were injured of if any additional militants were killed as the Islamic State called off its localized offensive. Al-Masdar News was not able to obtain any information regarding the SAA death toll on Thursday.

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    • Yes and no.
      These Daesh remnants are successfully acting as the forward units of the ziofascist “FSA” expedition corps coming from the South in clear collusion just to slow the SAA advance SW of Palmyra down. After that, they will just turn their coats and change their allegiance as long as they can chop heads and enslave people with whatever terrorist faction under whatever name as long as they can claim it is Sharia law.
      So, there is a rather complicated race to Khunayfis and Al Busayri going on now sometimes at snails pace.
      Strategically, this situation does not look good though as the pet army of the joint hexagon of evil secret services carved out a huge part of Syria already whereas the final aim is obviously another onslaught on Damascus coming from the direction of Dumayr whilst occupying all the former “Caliphat’s” territory in the South up to the Iraqi border.
      As the SAA is already overextended, under heavy pressure in Daraa, and has no offensive capabilities in Sweida we could well end with another but bigger Idlibstan there for quite a long time with the only difference that this entity does not rely on Ankara with MB allies but on Amman aka its joint CIA/Mossad HQ with all the associated British + French SS scum and a neverending supply of cannon fodder from the Jordanian “refugee” camps.