BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:35 A.M.) – The Russian military has formed a new Syrian Arab Army (SAA) unit to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization in Syria’s vast desert terrain.
Known as the “ISIS Hunters,” the Syrian Arab Army unit was funded and trained by Russian Special Forces in Latakia before being deployed to the volatile Palmyra front in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate.
These Russian-trained soldiers are specialized in defending and protecting government facilities in desolate areas around the country.
The ISIS Hunters will be tasked with protecting the liberated gas and oil fields in western Palmyra, along with the weapons storage facilities near the T-4 Military Airport.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army’s Russian advisers want to make sure the government forces do not lose anymore ground they have liberated from the Islamic State (e.g. Palmyra).