BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – February has already gotten off to a great start for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies, as they have liberated several sites from the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in the western countryside of Palmyra (Tadmur).

On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Legion, alongside the Shaheen Group of the Tiger Forces and Hezbollah, stormed the Jihar Crossroad west of Palmyra, resulting in a fierce battle with the Islamic State militants in this desert area.

Within hours of launching this attack, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah had liberated 5 checkpoints and the entire Jihar Crossroad, marking the first time in a month that they have had control over this strategic site 40km west of Palmyra.

Following the liberation of the Jihar Crossroad, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah advanced to the Hayyan Gas Fields, where it was reported that their units entered this site after overrunning the Islamic State’s first line of defense.

The Syrian Arab Army’s current objective is to liberate the gas fields located west and north of Palmyra; once this is completed, they will turn their attention to the ancient city.

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