by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
In east Homs, the 18th Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army’s 3rd Infantry Division has continued its success north of Palmyra at the Al-Sha’ar Gas Fields outskirts, capturing the final oil well (Well 105) in the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) possession. The 18th Brigade was assisted by the SAA’s special forces unit, “Liwaa Al-Qalb Al-Suqour Al-Sahra’a” (Desert Falcons) and Mouqawama Souriya (Syrian Resistance) forces during the latest operations at Al-Sha’ar Gas Fields. The remaining ISIS fighters in the area have retreated north towards the Al-Hasakah Governorate after abandoning their heavy weaponry at the gas fields.
The National Defense Forces (NDF) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have broken through Jabhat Al-Nusra defenses in the Jabal Al-Zawiyya (Idlib Governate) village of Kafr Shalaaya, successfully obstructing the militants supply route to their entrenched fighters in the mountains. The SAA and NDF now control the majority of the village as Jabhat Al-Nusra struggles to maintain their positions in the surrounding hills. According to a military source, 18 Jabhat Al-Nusra fighters were confirmed killed-in-action (KIA) and another 6 surrendered earlier today.