BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The Islamic State’s (ISIS) defenses are crumbling fast around the western countryside of Palmyra (Tadmur), as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) closes-in on this ancient city located in the desert of east Homs.
On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) made another large advance through the Syrian Desert, liberating the Tarfah Al-Gharbiyah area located near the strategic Hayyan Gas Fields.
Following the liberation of this area, the Syrian Arab Army managed to reach the Al-Mahr and Jazal gas fields for the first time since December; they are currently battling the Islamic State for control of these sites.
As a result of Saturday’s advance, the Syrian Arab Army is now within 10km of the Palmyra Triangle, marking their closest approach to the city since they conceded it to the Islamic State in early December.
Led by the newly formed 5th Legion, the Syrian Arab Army is not only concentrating on Palmyra, but also, the imperative gas fields located northwest of the city.
All but the Hayyan Gas Fields are currently under the Islamic State’s control, so their liberation is one of the top priorities for the Syrian Arab Army and their allies.