The General Command of Syria’s armed forces confirmed Sunday that army units, backed by Russian air forces and allied defense groups, restored security and stability to Al-Qaryatain city and its surroundings in southeastern Homs.
In a statement, the Command said the retaking of Al-Qaryatain was another severe blow to the Islamic State group, following successive defeats in dozens of villages and towns in eastern Aleppo, most recently in Palmyra.
According to the Command, the operation was a significant achievement given the location of the city as it links the northeastern countryside of Damascus with the eastern countryside of Homs.
With this new success, it added, oil and gas pipelines in the area will be secured and ISIS supply routes between the Badiya region and Al-Qalamoun will be blocked.
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