The army forces have inflicted heavy defeats on ISIL terrorists by recapturing the key town of al-Sukhnah in Eastern Homs and advancing against terrorists in the Southern part of Raqqa province, the sources said.
In the meantime, thousands of army soldiers deployed in Eastern Hama are ready to launch a large-scale operation to liberate the ISIL-held town of Aqayrabat, reports said, adding that the Syrian and Russian fighter jets have been continuously bombing ISIL’s positions and supply lines East of the town of al-Salamiyah in Hama.
Aqayrabat has long been the ISIL’s main stronghold in Central Syria as it is a cross-road town that is located near the provincial borders of the Hama, Homs, and Raqqa provinces, and SIL’s defeat in al-Sukhnah was a severe blow to the terrorists in Aqayrabat.
Losing Aqayrabat after al-Sukhnah will leave ISIL no choice but to abandon Central Syria and move their remaining militants to the Eastern parts of the country in Deir Ezzur.
A military source said last week that the army troops and popular forces were standing for order to launch the final battle in Central Syria to drive ISIL out of their last strongholds in Eastern Hama.
The source said that the army soldiers and popular combatants were preparing for the final phase of a large-scale operation in Eastern Hama amid arrival of a large number of fresh forces and a large volume of military equipment to the region.
The army engaged in tough battle with ISIL in Eastern Homs, Southern territories of Raqqa province and in Deir Ezzur province.
The source further said that the army was going through the final stages of preparation to kick off heavy attacks on the town of Aqayrabat, ISIL’s main stronghold in Eastern Hama.
Aqayrabat is located along the road to the town of al-Sukhnah that is one of the most important strongholds of ISIL in Eastern Homs, so, ISIL’s defeat in Aqayrabat will be a severe blow to the terrorists in al-Sukhnah.
Liberation of Aqayrabat region is a main objective of the Syrian and Russian forces’ operation in Eastern Hama, as Aqayrabat is considered ISIL’s main stronghold in the province.
Damascus is on the verge of imposing full control over the central parts of the war-hit country after 3 and a half years as ISIL withdrew from Aleppo province and along with the Syrian Army troops’ advances in Raqqa province.
Following the army’s control over Aleppo and its forces’ continued advances in Raqqa province, and Eastern Homs and Hama, it now seems that the central parts of the country will soon be cleaned of terrorists after three and a half years of occupation.
With the liberation of the regions East of al-Salamiyah and recapturing of the remaining regions in Northeastern Homs, the army forces will be capable of imposing full control over the central part of the country.
Experts believe that simultaneous with the army’s anti-ISIL operations in Homs, Hama and Raqqa provinces, the pro-government forces’ control over Deir Ezzur province that is considered as the second bastion of ISIL in Syria after Raqqa, can end ISIL’s presence in the war-torn country.