BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched a powerful counter-attack this past weekend to retake the Hayyan Gas Fields and expand their presence around the western countryside of Palmyra.

ISIS began the assault almost immediately after they conceded the Hayyan Gas Fields over to the Syrian Arab Army; they would attack the latter’s defenses from two different flanks around the gas company area.

Unable to hold their ground, the Syrian Arab Army’s 18th Tank Division was forced to withdraw from the Hayyan Gas Fields in order to avoid suffering anymore casualties at the hands of the swarming Islamic State terrorists.

Despite the loss of the Hayyan Gas Fields again, the Syrian Arab Army is in much better position to storm the site and recover their lost ground from the Islamic State militants in the western countryside of Palmyra.

However, this battle will not get any easier for the Syrian Army, as the Islamic State is committed to holding this ground, unlike other sites they abandoned in order to concentrate their fighters at more pressing fronts.

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This shows why ISIS simply fleeing does not make conquering and area a long-term result. Only if the SAA had managed to kill large numbers in a fight would it stall rebels from retaking and area. Their numbers are just too large to count them out from taking and retaking more territory.

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Cuando hay concentraciones de terroristas, por que la fuerza aérea no emplea bombas de mayor poder destructivo, Ejemplo: EE.UU. mató a mas de 100 soldados en Deir-Ezzur en un sólo ataque y por que no hacer lo mismo con estos mercenarios…