The battle for Palmyra (Tadmur) has recently intensified over the last 24 hours, as the recent arrival of the Syrian Marines and Hezbollah has sprung new life into this large-scale government offensive.
Following their advance to Palmyra Highlands last night, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” and their allies began Saturday morning by storming the hilltops to the east of Tal ‘Areen, resulting in a series of intense firefights with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) that are still ongoing at the moment.
According to a military source at the T-4 Military Airport, the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces – backed by the Desert Hawks Brigade, Hezbollah, the Syrian Marines, and Liwaa Imam ‘Ali (Iraqi paramilitary) – have reportedly advanced in the northwestern countryside of Palmyra.
The source specifically alluded to gains made near the Brigade 550 headquarters, which is located directly east of the Ancient Palmyra Quarries and northwest of Jabal Qassoun.
The Syrian Armed Forces and their allies tend to avoid combating ISIS during afternoon hours due to the desert conditions and the Russian bombing campaign.
The Russian Air Force has helped the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies on the ground immensely with their relentless bombardment of ISIS’ defenses in the Homs Desert; this has paved the way for the infantry units to advance through the terrorist group’s front-lines.