BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – Minutes ago, a Syrian military source told Al-Masdar News that the Islamic State terrorist organization  set ablaze the last wells at the Hayyan Gas Fields in order to make the site no longer useful for the government.

This news comes just hours after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah liberated the strategic Jihar Crossroad, putting them at the outskirts of the Hayyan Gas Fields.

Hayyan Gas Fields were once the largest source of gas to millions of Syrians; its loss in December proved incredibly costly for the Syrian government, as they were already dealing with a water crisis in Damascus.

ISIS has been rapidly withdrawing from several sites in the western countryside of Palmyra, as the Syrian Arab Army and their allies from Hezbollah push further east in order to liberate the gas fields under the terrorist group’s control.

 

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jojo
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2017-02-02 19:52

Unfortunately ISIS “rapidly withdrawing” means the SAA and Hezbollah doesn’t get to kill them and they will remain in Syria ever-poised to retake the land.

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Daeshbags Sux
2017-02-02 22:33
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Why do you think I’m advocating a serious revision about the use of air power.

jojo
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2017-02-02 23:26
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

What are your suggestions for how air power should be used against the militants? What are the SAA and government forces not doing that should be doing or should be doing better?

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2017-02-03 00:00
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His sugestion of air mounted artillery of different grades is perhaps the only sensible comment he has ever done here, but he doesnt take in account that by Human nature, changing old habits is the most difficult thing to do and old habits are your worst enemy, Syria simply doesnt have the means to implement this on its own, it has to be done by Russ or Iran , even then there is simpler and less costly solutions that can be implemented in a defensive way without involving air power, Russia may have at this point different interests than Syria,namely… Read more »

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2017-02-03 00:29
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On the offensive unmanned airship groups with payload of 500 kg flying at their maximum of 4500 mtr armed with a mix of ATGMs modified to be light(less fuel and less engine is necessay when gliding from above) gliding bomblets of 10 to 15kg each, and 12.7 or .50 plus 7.62 mm machine guns for finishing off ,could warrantee loitering times superior to any propeller formation, adventageous low speed for observation and targeting, yet fast ebough to chase any armoured vehicle in any terrain be it rough or road,stand off cappability against MANPAS, and dotchkas, plus proven superior survivality, this… Read more »

jens holm
jens holm
2017-02-03 07:17
Reply to  est338lapua

Allah has one.

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2017-02-03 05:40
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@est338lapua You are right in all IMHO. And more. There must be a final solution to Wahabism spreading its ill ideology. And it is not war alone. No merely the initial cost of restructuring the air assets is high. All restructurings are costly first – economy and firms too. Armies are geared to fight similar armies. Old habit. Restructuring to fight a foe that will newer get air assets is now needed. Armored agricultural field planes or similar gear based on old war planes like DSX says can be a solution. Else armed low cost drones. Both can have. Low… Read more »

jens holm
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2017-02-03 07:14
Reply to  est338lapua

I have advocated for mounted artillery several times. Its obvius SAA also cant handle good support for tanks. Short range artilley having big caliber are easy to invent and Im sure russians has many old ones stored. SAA and the population overestimate tanks and see them as castles, which never can be taken, because its steel and big. I see it in urban warfare. They are lost because they cant shoot fast, there are too few of them, and they are not mobile there. Well mounted artillery is not mobile either, but if You instead have fx 4, You can… Read more »

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2017-02-03 05:48
Reply to  Daeshbags Sux

@ISBgSx Because You suggested it as one of the sensible solutions. Tongue out.

MEHRNAZ SHAHABI
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2017-02-03 10:57
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Only the army can decide on appropriate strategies and possibilities. It is not possible for us to determine what is right to do on a battlefield we know nothing about.

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2017-02-03 06:57
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let ISIS withrdraw its good some how becuase they will gather in one position and it will be more easier to target them in one place instead of killing them in one or twos same thing as syria and russia letting other militant to go idlib so it will be easier to target them. but only one thing has to make sure this offensive should not stop at all till SAA and allies reach from palmayra to Dyr al zawr and east aleppo to raqqa city border or Taqba Air base or raqqa city itself.

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est338lapua
2017-02-02 23:43

Short term deep sh1it, long term not big deal they can be extinguished by another explosion by experts in the field. It is often done even in times of peace when wels caught fire

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2017-02-03 05:45
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Yes. But the short term handicap is the problem now. And that You often have to re-drill after the explosion experts are finished. Costly and time consuming.

Bond, James
Bond, James
2017-02-03 03:48

US will have to kill ISIS terrorist because they are becoming a big liability for
US interests in the Middle East. The same thing applies to Israel…liability
for US.