Moments ago, Syrian troops entered the western part of Palmyra city and sneaked into several buildings despite coming under heavy fire from ISIS snipers and machine-gun positions.

This important breakthrough was facilitated by the liberation of Palmyra Castle and Palmyra Triangle earlier in the day and a series of advances over the past week.

Furthermore, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advanced north of the city and took control of al-Amiryah village along with the strategic Jabal al-Tar, a mountain overlooking Palmyra city.

The SAA also seized several sites southwest of Palmyra earlier today, including the entire mountain known as Jabal Hayyal and the Qatari Palace.

However, Al-Masdar News field correspondent Ibrahim Joudeh stressed that SAA units are yet to storm the ancient city over fears that the darkness of night will expose government troops to ISIS suicide bombers and booby traps.

However, pro-government tribal fighters and paramilitary fighters have officially entered Palmyra.

The final SAA assault is expected to begin on Thursday morning.

Leading the offensive is the newly formed 5th Legion, elements of the SAA’s 18th Tank Division, Military Shield Forces, Al-Badia branch, Shaitat tribesmen, National Defence Forces, and a contingent of Hezbollah (Lebanese paramilitary) fighters.
ISIS recaptured Palmyra in December, 2016 after between 4,000 and 5,000 jihadist militants overran the city and pushed the SAA all the way back to Tiyas Airbase.

Subsequently, Syrian government forces have advanced 50 kilometers eastwards and are now on the verge of retaking the ancient city.

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Great grab just before IS troops leaving the lost battle in Iraq reinforce Tadmur city.

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IMHO better leave them a gab open so they clear off – then grab and fortify it. But the generals will know better than me. Smile.

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Youpi, they did it. I hope SAA will surround the city, so a maximum of these stupids guys will leave the earth for ever 🙂

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IMHO better leave them a gap open so the IS can clear off – then grab and fortify it. But the generals will know what to do better than me. Smile.

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I wonder if the SAA will push through Suknah or stop after liberating Palmyra…

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I’ve read elsewhere that the SAA plans to push further than Palmyra since ISIL is off balance, but to how far is unknown. My guess is they will most definitely take Arak, and possibly Sukhnah and the surrounding gas fields. Deir ez Zor would be ideal – but only if they have the manpower and equipment to do so.

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Kill every one of those dirty ISIS rats. Send the to h**l.

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Amazing progress – faster than anyone could have anticipated. Definitely saves some face and shows that now that Aleppo city is finally liberated the SAA has unprecedented access to additional manpower and elite battle hardened units as well as the equipment that comes with it. One can suspect ISIL will be cleared out of all of Homs and Hama provinces very soon now that the SAA has their eyes on them

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Thanks for sharing !
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