BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 A.M.) – The Islamic State’s (ISIS) large-scale assault in the western countryside of Palmyra has ended after more than a month on the offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
According to a military source in the eastern countryside of Homs, the Islamic State began withdrawing their forces as early as last week, following a successful missile strike by the Syrian Arab Army that killed more than 40 terrorists near the T-4 Pumping Station.
In order to speed up this retreat in western Palmyra, the Syrian Arab Army’s rocket battalion flooded the Islamic State’s positions east of the T-4 Airport with a barrage of missiles and artillery shells, inflicting heavy damage on the terrorist group’s defenses.
While the Syrian Army attacked the Islamic State’s positions near the T-4 Pumping Station, their Russian counterparts carried out several airstirkes on the terrorist group’s primary oil supply route that stretches from eastern Homs to the Al-Raqqa Governorate.
A military source told Al-Masdar News on Tuesday evening that the Russian Air Force carried out more than 20 airstrikes over the gas rich towns of ‘Arak and Sukhnah, resulting in the destruction of a number of oil tankers.
With their front-lines near Al-Raqqa falling apart, the Islamic State has sent its reserves from eastern Homs to this front in order to help drive back the swarming Kurdish forces that pushing east towards the provincial capital.