The Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – in coordination with Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) and the 550th Brigade of the 3rd Armored Division – have resumed their assault on the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) defensive positions at the Ancient Quarries located north of Palmyra in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate.
On Friday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces launched a powerful assault on the terrorist group’s positions at the Ancient Quarries southern perimeter, killing over a dozen enemy combatants in the first hour of these clashes; this was followed by a multitude of airstrikes from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) at the Al-‘Amariyah village in north Palmyra.
If the Syrian Armed Forces can capture the remaining territory between the Ancient Quarries and the village of Al-‘Amariyah, they will have effectively reached Palmyra’s northern outskirts for the first time in over two months.
Meanwhile, west of Palmyra, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Al-Ba’ath Battalion – have restarted their assault to the west of the Al-Thani Mansion.
Last week, ISIS went on the offensive at the Palmyra Driving School and the groves of Al-Bayarat; however, they were unsuccessful in their attempt to take control of these sites.
Since then, the Syrian Armed Forces have regrouped and launched a new offensive to recapture the historical city of Palmyra.