BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) launched a counter-offensive in the western countryside of Palmyra on Tuesday, targeting the areas the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recently liberated near the Jihar Crossroad.

ISIL began the attack by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses near the Jihar Crossroad; this resulted in a fierce battle that would last for three hours on Tuesday.

Despite the intensity of the Islamic State attack, the terrorist group was unable to recover any ground near the Jihar Crossroad; instead, they lost two armored vehicles and more than 20 combatants.

As a result of this failed Islamic State attack, the Syrian Arab Army launched a counter-assault to advance their front-lines around the Jihar Crossroad and T-4 Pumping Station.

So far, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to capture some ground near the T-4 Pumping Station this morning; however, nothing substantial.

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