BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) launched a massive offensive in the Palmyra countryside earlier this week, targeting several sites around this ancient city in a new bid to reclaim their lost territory.
On Saturday, the Islamic State launched another big assault near Palmyra’s eastern gates, capturing the strategic Grain Silos after conducting a successful suicide attack against the Syrian Arab Army.
Following the capture of the Grain Silos, the Islamic State militants launched a powerful assault on Jabal Tar, marking the first time in several months that the terrorist group has had a presence in this mountain chain.
As a result of today’s gains, the Islamic State is quickly closing in on Palmyra, as their forces surround the entire city from all defensive flanks.
According to a military source in Tartous, the Syrian Arab Army’s High Command is considering the redeployment of their elite Tiger Forces to the Palmyra front in order to help drive by the terrorist group – no official confirmation as of yet.