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.

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ironeddie
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Last desperate attemts. Will be desotroyed. But I am afraid those bastards will destroy ancient monuments. Russia and syrian army should have fixed the back at front. Why so many talks with americans ??? Kill, kill, kill !!!

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Amin

Right. I believe at this moment Palmyra is much more important than Eastern Ghouta.

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Terence Silvestre Jr.

Where was or is the Syrian and Russian intelligence to prevent these kinds of situations in time?
While Russia tries to please by all means the Americans by going to each of their calls to talk of pure lie and false agreement,
the reconquest of Palmyra will overshadow the Syrian and Russian achievement in Aleppo, and leave Russia to be completely ridiculous as a incompetent world power allied with Syria while the Americans continue to use its sponsored and created ISIS to achieve its goals in Syria without anyone being able to do anything to ban it, it seems.

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ironeddie

Exactly ! Russia is talking too much with f*****g americans while they support those bastards, expecially coordinates of the Russian hospital. This is not about policy. This is about destroying enemy.

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Cyriak Papasissis

May be the Syrians left the desert door open and unguarded , allowing columns of ISIS to move in from Iraq. Maybe it is too late to react now. Regretfully.

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It’s just the swan song. Remember the attack they did at the Iraq/Jordan border town about +1 month ago to try to divert efforts from Mosul? Nonetheless tide has turned for them in Iraq, but to their actions, the reaction comes as a tsunami and they’re not likely to surf the wave but things ain’t going well in Syria too. They managed to find a softer target and are trying to regain a little momentum there to reboost a little morale but their back ain’t enough strong now. Moreover, there was just an US airstrike in central Syria that blew… Read more »

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Henri Cochet

I’m not the “USA = ISIS ” guy but the figure of 168 seems dubious

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I think the ´´Desert Hawks´´should be redeployed , they are specialized for fighting in that terrain ?

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Cyriak Papasissis

I don’t comprehend , how the Russian Operations Directorate didn’t care to fly helicopter patrols nightly over the border with Iraq. Do they have reconnaissance or not?? I am certain all monuments left standing in Palmyra are in acute danger of being blown up, except if the Russian airborne troops do land at the back of attacking ISIS fighters. A major propaganda blow for the Russians , and a major tragedy for the encircled.