On Wednesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) – conducted a counter-assault at the Jazal Oil Fields in the ancient city of Palmyra’s northwestern countryside after terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) took control of the eastern fields earlier this week.
The Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade began their assault at the Jazal Oil Fields on Wednesday morning, killing over 20 enemy combatants from ISIS, while also destroying 4 of their armored vehicles that were mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns.
Not long after their counter-assault began, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade had seized almost all the gas and oil fields in Jazal that were under the control of ISIS inside the town; this was followed by a vicious series of airstrikes from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF), which badly damaged the terrorist group’s frontline defenses.
With their defensive frontlines fractured, ISIS was forced to retreat to the town of Jazal; thus, allowing for the Syrian Armed Forces to seize the entire area before nightfall on Wednesday night.
Firefights are still ongoing between the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIS, but they are now taking place inside the town of Jazal, where the SAA’s 67th Brigade looks to recapture this strategic town located southeast of the Al-Sha’ar Mountains.