Three weeks after its liberation by the Syrian Armed Forces, the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) is under another grave threat from the internationally recognized terrorist organization, the “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS).
ISIS is far from finished in the east Homs countryside and they maintain a relatively large presence in the mountains that border the nearby Hama Governorate; this, coupled with their control of the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway, leaves the ancient city in a vulnerable state.
Luckily, the pro-government paramilitary unit “Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra” (Desert Hawks Brigade) remains behind to protect Palmyra, but for how long?
The terrorist group has already launched several attacks at the nearby villages of Al-Bayarat, Bardeh, and Jazal; these are all located within a few kilometers north of Palmyra and only.
Making matters worse for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), ISIS is pushing south of the Brigade 550 Base, which is the last military installation before the Al-‘Amariyah District in northern Palmyra.
If ISIS can infiltrate the Syrian Armed Forces’ defenses at Al-Amariyah, they will be able to reenter Palmyra and wreck havoc on the city.