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Anas al-Kurdi

Syrian opposition battle to secure strategic road through Tadmur

Opponents attack Syrian regime forces. [Anadolu]

Date of publication: 5 April, 2015

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Rebels launched a surprise attack on several IS checkpoints and positions around midday on Saturday near the town of Tadmur, sources tell al-Araby al-Jadeed.
Forces affiliated with armed Syrian opposition factions have liberated large parts of the Alyaniyeh and Halbah areas near the town of Tadmur in Homs’s eastern countryside from the control of Islamic State group (IS) on Saturday.

By doing so, the opposition aims to open a “strategic” road to connect Qalamoun (in the west) to Deir al-Zur (in the east).
 
Khaled al-Hasni, an activist based in Homs’s countryside, told al-Araby al-Jadeed that the rebels launched a surprise attack on several IS checkpoints and positions around midday on Saturday the the Alyaniyeh and Halbah areas near the town of Tadmur.

Following hours-long clashes, they succeeded in capturing  large parts of the area, considered one of the most important points on the Jordanian-Syrian borders.
 
“According to some of their commanders, the factions killed at least 20 IS fighters, injuring and capturing others, and managed to seize a large amount of weapons and ammunition, as other IS fighters fled the area”, Hasni added.  

Several opposition factions, namely the Authenticity and Development Front, Usud al-Sharqiyah [“Lions of the east”], the Martyr Ahmed Abdu group, Jaysh al-Islam [“Army of Islam”] and Ahrar al-Sham, announced on Friday the start of their  battle against IS in the Qalamoun heights in Damascus’s countryside. 

In a related development, IS fighters attacked opposition and Nusra Front positions in the area of al-Mahsa near the Qaryatayn town in Homs’s eastern countryside, killing a number of fighters and seizing their weapons. 

Meanwhile, clashes erupted again between IS fighters and the Syrian regime’s army around the Shaer field and in several nearby areas in Homs’s eastern countryside, where the regime also launched a series of air strikes.  

Two weeks ago, IS preempted the regime’s attempts to open a supply line towards the area of al-Sokhna, east of Tadmur in Homs’s eastern countryside, to break the siege of the city of Deir al-Zur, by attacking a number of checkpoints, killing and injuring dozens of Syrian regime fighters.

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