7 April, 2017
Everyone knew it was coming, but who could have guessed that it would begin so quickly?
Islamic State has just launched an offensive in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate, according to Al Masdar News.
Leith Fadel reports:
Capitalizing on the U.S. missile strikes, the Islamic State stormed the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) checkpoints near the strategic town of Al-Furqalas.
According to local sources, the Islamic State has yet to make any gains near Al-Fuqalas, but without necessary air support, the situation could worsen in the coming hours.
The Shayrat Military Airport is one of the Syrian Air Force’s most important installations in the fight against the Islamic State due to its proximity to the Palmyra and Deir Ezzor fronts.
The Syrian base attacked by the US "provides important support" in the battle against ISIS around Palmyra, so it's no surprise that this new offensive has come so soon:
It looks like this could get ugly: