The Arabic-language al-Masdar news website quoted field sources as saying on Saturday that the army units engaged in clashes with the ISIL in Badiyeh (desert) region, retaking control of the strategic region of Bayr Atshan near al-Tanf, which is under the control of the US forces and affiliated militants, at the bordering areas.
The sources added that the terrorists fled towards the Iraqi borders after clashes with the Syrian army soldiers.
In a relevant development earlier today, the Syrian army dispatched a large number of forces and military hardware to Badiyeh of Homs to reinvigorate security of its key positions amid reports on the deployment of more US forces in al-Tanf base in Southeastern Homs, field sources reported.
The sources said that the army has forwarded more troops and equipment from Palmyra (Tadmur) city towards Southern Badiyeh of Homs and near the town of al-Quaryatayn.
The sources further said that the army intends to create a strong security belt around al-Quaryatayn, Hawarin and the Mahin strategic region.
The sources added that the army has widened the buffer zone around al-Quaryatan to 80 km in the Eastern and Southern directions to prevent infiltration of terrorist groups in the region.
They said that the army’s deployment in Southern Badiyeh will also prevent the terrorists from moving between Eastern and Western Qalamoun to al-Tanf base in Southeastern Homs.