The Syrian military forces and popular fighters stormed the ISIL strongholds near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and forced the militants to retreat from at least three key heights in the region.

The Syrian government forces’ anti-terrorism operation near Palmyra ended in the recapture of the heights of al-Hari citadel, 619 and 711 in al-Mazar mountain.

At least 18 members of the ISIL were killed and several more were wounded in the attacks.

Reports said earlier today that the Syrian and Russian fighter jets, in a fresh round of combat sorties, targeted the ISIL positions in the Eastern and Southwestern parts of Homs province, while the army’s aircraft pounded al-Nusra Front’s strongholds in the Northern territories of the province.

The Syrian and Russian Air Force bombed jointly the ISIL strongholds in the oil-rich region of al-Sha’er and Um al-Tababir, which ended in the killing or wounding of several militants.

The Syrian air fleet, meantime, struck the ISIL concentration centers near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and near al-Bardeh region in the Eastern side of the ancient Assyrian town of Quaryatayn, which also claimed the lives of several militants.

Al-Nusra gatherings in Tald, Houla, Borj Qai, Keisin and al-Rastan were massively bombed by the Syrian jets, pinning down the militants behind their defense lines.