The Syrian Armed Forces (Syrian Arab Army’s 18th Tank Battalion and National Defense Forces) have officially withdrawn all of their soldiers from the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) after a large-scale assault was launched by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) for the second time in six days.

According to a military source, 16 National Defense Forces (NDF) and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers were killed-in-action (KIA) and another 68 were wounded during the fierce clashes for the Palmyra National Hospital, Palmyra Museum, Palmyra Military Airbase, Desert and Development Office, Badiyah Military Branch Office, and the northern suburbs of this ancient city in the east Homs Governorate of Syria.

The military source unable to confirm the exact number of deaths ISIS sustained during the violent battle for Palmyra; however, he was able to confirm that a force of about 600-800 militants reinforced their entrenched comrades and helped them recapture their lost points to the Syrian Armed Forces.

The Syrian Armed Forces are still on the outskirts of Palmyra, but they hold no positions inside the city itself; if they were to counter-attack, they would launch the assault from Mount Qassoun, where they currently possess the higher ground against ISIS armed combatants.

 

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Nbah Vargus
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Nbah Vargus

Typical, one day before, they said don’t worry “we are winning”, next day “sorry we lose the base, the city, the town etc etc”

T.t. Beune
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They were winning of the forces which were in the area at that moment. They were losing when the balance changed and 600 – 800 reïnforcements for IS came in to the fight.