Syrian Army Takes Last Isis-Held Town In Homs – Monitor

Syrian Army Takes Last Isis-Held Town In Homs – Monitor

 Syrian government and allied forces have taken the last major town in Homs province from Islamic State (ISIS), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday (August 5), as the army advances toward militant strongholds in the east of the country.

The town of al-Sukhna lies some 50 km (30 miles) northeast of the ancient city of Palmyra, which was captured by government forces in March.

Al-Sukhna is some 50 km from the administrative frontier of Deir al-Zor province, which is almost entirely under ISIS control.

A Hezbollah media unit said government and allied forces were making considerable progress inside the city of Sukhna. Lebanon's Hezbollah group fights on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian conflict.

Syrian state news agency SANA reported earlier on Saturday that the army was advancing into al-Sukhna from three directions.