The Syrian Government forces continue to march on the ancient city of Palmyra deep in the Syrian desert after recapturing large swathes of territories from the Islamic State terror group.

Having liberated the strategic Palmyra Triangle earlier today, the Syrian Army, backed by Russian airstrikes, managed to fully retake Palmyra castle after defeating ISIS militants at the Al-Tar Mountain to the north-west of Palmyra.

Meanwhile, another Army units stormed the Hotels Areas, located exactly to the west of the desert city.

The weeks-long battle to reclaim the centuries-old archeological site is expected to come to an end soon as the city is now within the Army’s firing range.

The significant advance comes as the terror organization suffered heavy losses on different battlegrounds.

In Palmyra, ISIS lost scores of fighters, as well military equipment, due to the ongoing heavy artillery shelling and airstrikes. To  the north, the group was also overrun by both the Syrian Army and the Turkish-backed rebels outside its former stronghold of Al Bab.

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… and on the verge of its losing again after ISIS retreats from Iraq and more ruins will be increased to the monumental ruins of this great city and more ruins to its gas and oil fields. You must wait until Iraqi Shia militants finish their job in Iraq but you want to experience your previous disaster experience again. Haste makes waste.

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For IS endgame Deir Ezzor makes more sense. Oil, food,Sunni Arabs & closer to Iraq. The Kurds already move reinforcements towars Raqqa & Deir Ezzor. Palmyra has the similar advantages: Oil, food, Sunni Arabs.

No matter whether Deir Ezzor or Palmyra: It makes sense to be in a place and wait to be attacked. It gives a 1 : 3 bonus if the attacker has about the same arms.

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For sure Deir Ezzor makes more sense but not when you have not enough needed militants for getting that large chunk of Syria. Also Kurds are supported by almost all countries except Turkey and Saudi. But SAA is supported just by Iran and Russia militarily. I promise ISS will be vanished in Iraq in three months as a result multi Shia militants will pour into Syria to back SAA so the best tactic for SAA is to concentrate on liberating that f*****g Eastern Ghouta.

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IMHO Kurds will support the SAA in Deir Ezzor. If they reach the town the SAA there can be re-supplied by land. The SAA can use their roads. The SAA has an air port there…

SDF needs government support and roads near Turkey. SDF may need ammo and support from the government. In the North Turkey is a threat to both.

Both may need to use defensive tactics and help each other against IS or Turkey.

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First, for reaching Deir ez-Zor there is a need to tens of thousands of trained soldiers. SAA is busy in other front lines of Syria and does not have enough needed soldiers for breaking the siege of Deir ez-Zor city. Imagine they do, they will be under heavy pressure by ISIS militants and ISIS will impose many casualties to SAA. Second, imagine at the pick of the battle with ISIS, so called moderate rebels will start a big operation against SAA in Idlib. With not having enough man power in Hama and their man power busy in Deir ez-Zor, it… Read more »

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The SDF possibly including reinforcements with armor from Iraq are 50 km from Deir Ezzor.

Nobody wants to have IS Deir Ezzor’s oil.
A Stalingrad in Deir Ezzor city helps IS.

SDF and SAA are allies in this. Forget Qamishli.

The SAA closed up to the SDF eastern cantons.

Result: SAA and SDF can resupply distant pockets via a common road net.

Mopping up IS forces to reach the Euphrates is imminent. The oil fields near Tadmur are taken by the SAA mostly.

Result: IS must do battle for Deir Ezzor’s oil as means to continue modern fuel based warfare.

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The big brains wrote in papers Deir Ezzor makes sense.

Anyway I’d prepare for IS endgame in Deir Ezzor & Palmyra. Get them and hold them until reinforcement comes to help. If no Shiite militia or other reinforcements come – pray and fight until IS is bled white.

p.s. Why did they thumb Your first post down?

We can discuss things. Even if we disagree.

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Your theory is very unlikely considering the last ISIL strongholds in Iraq (Tel Afar, 3/4ths of West Mosul as well as Hawija near Kirkuk) are all completely besieged. Just today, West Mosul was cut off from Tel Afar leaving ISIL in exactly 3 pockets. The only other Daesh components left are near Ana Rawa, and the Al Qaim border crossing and even then there are maybe 3,000 fighters max (Al Bukamal and al Qaim are the same cities, just one in Syria one in Iraq). There is no possible way for ISIL to break out of these pockets so there… Read more »

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No matter what their creed. Reinforcements are welcome. Even if not needed.

p.s. What one hand can do is easy for two.

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>muh shia militants
>defeatism
drown yourself in camel urine and choke on human feces saudi subhuman

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I’m not a Wahhabi from Saudi Arabia but a Twelver Shia from Iran. You did not get my point. Read it again.

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Do not answer him. He is a troll.