The DAESH terrorist group captured the Syrian town of Maheen, located in the southwest of Homs Province, on Sunday morning following a heavy confrontation with forces loyal to Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad who controlled the area at the time, according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) and a statement released by DAESH’s media outlet.
The SOHR reported that DAESH terrorists launched the offensive late on Saturday using two suicide car bombs, causing the destruction of many military checkpoints and barricades found at the town’s main entrance.
The clashes left at least 50 armed fighters loyal to Assad regime dead or wounded, and pushed the terrorist organisation 20 kilometers closer to the main highway that links Damascus to Homs and cities further north, the group reported.
Even though Russia and Assad intensified their bombing campaign in the west and northwest of the country, DAESH was still able to push back Assad's forces and gain new territories.
The group also mentioned that after DAESH took control of the town of Maheen, forces of the terrorist group headed towards the nearby town of Sadad from which Assad had withdrawn his forces earlier that day.
A statement released by DAESH confirmed the recent clashes and territory gains, describing the town as "strategically important" and saying it had also seized stockpiles of weapons.
DAESHs strongholds in Syria are mainly in the north and east of the country, but it has recently boosted its presence in Homs Province since capturing the historic city of Palmyra earlier this year, and then Qaryatain, which is located 15 kilometers east of Maheen.