The Syrian army launched massive attack on ISIL ' s stronghold in the Southwestern part of Homs province. The Syrian army started large - scale offensive on an ISIL stronghold near the city of Qauryataun Southwest of Homs province on Tuesday. The terrorists' positions near the city of Palmyra have also been destroyed in Eastern Homs province. The Syrian army continued its advances in al-Quaryatayn region and took full control of a strategic region in the Eastern part of Homs province. The Syrian government troops seized back a key hilltop in the Southwestern part of al-Quaryatayn city in Homs province. Scores of militants were killed and wounded in tough battle with the Takfiri terrorists. In a relevant development earlier on Tuesday, the Syrian army made considerable advances against the ISIL terrorists in the Western part of al-Quaryatayn city in Eastern part of Homs province and took control of a strategic village. The army units seized back Tal al-Tarax (Tarax hilltop) in fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists. Scores of the ISIL terrorists were killed and wounded in the battle over Tarax hilltop. Meantime, the Syrian army thwarted an ISIL attack on their military positions in al-Maqala region in the Western part of Palmyra, inflicting heavy losses on the terrorists. Also on Tuesday, an army unit foiled an attack by the ISIL terrorists on a hill in the vicinity of al-Quaryatayn town. A field source said that an army unit destroyed in a rocket attack a vehicle rigged with big amounts of explosives before it reached a hill in al-Tuloul area near al-Quaryatayn town. The Syrian air force destroyed vehicles and positions for ISIL terrorists in the vicinity of al-Quaryatayn city and Jazal oil field, Mahasa, al-Savanah and in the vicinity of al-Bayarat area in Homs province.