Earlier today, Major General Suheil al-Hassan, commander-in-chief of the Tiger Forces, was officially deployed to the Palmyra frontline after carrying out two succesful offensives against ISIS at Kuweiris Airbase and along the Ithriya-Khanasser supply route to Aleppo city. According to intel delivered to al-Masdar exclusively, General Suheil Al-Hassan brought with him the ‘shock troops’ of the Tiger Forces and the Suqur al-Sahara Brigade (Desert Falcons).

Both these units are specialized in offensive warfare and outflanking ambushes; thus, their redeployment hints at the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) intentions to recapture the strategic city of Palmyra. This desert city holds several historical monuments which are listed at UNESCO’s World Heritage; however, Palmyra (often refered to as Tadmur) was captured by ISIS in March of last year and has remained under the group’s control ever since.

Currently, government troops are some 10 kilometers west of Palmyra as ISIS fighters and SAA soldiers are fighting to capture the disputed village of Al-Dawah. However, unless ISIS fighters are able to call in reinforcements from the Islamic State motherland, the Syrian Arab Army will likely capture the city of Palmyra before long. Nevertheless, a costly battle to come with many casualties on both sides seems inevitable at this point.

Palmyra is regarded by many as the ‘beating heart of Syria’ as it lies in the centre of the country. Also, if government forces are able to capture Palmyra, this will be the last major hurdle before they can push towards their besieged comrades inside Deir Ezzor city. To do so, the Syrian Army must carry on eastwards along the M7-Highway which lies in the remote deserts of Syria and remains under complete ISIS control for now.

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Joe Bob
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I am very surprised that the SAA/Russia haven’t taken this by now. It is the only place in all of Syria that the western media can’t spin into “Assad/Russia won’t fight ISIS”. After all the the western media only played the blowing up of he site 1000 times helping promote Daesh as much as they could. It would be amazingly hard for them now to claim Daesh isn’t there. But I am sure many will try.

Watan
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EXACTLY! I have been saying the same thing

zaz
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zaz

Agreed. The city is historically important and its liberation would be an amazing PR for SAA and Russia.

Sam Takeo ElAntony
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Sam Takeo ElAntony

Gods speed !! Victory is near and yours is the prize !!

Janjak Desalin 1804
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how is it that the SAA has so few generals capable of results in offensive operations that a single general has to be shuttled about the country from front to front?

though Major General Suheil al-Hassan’s intermediate-objective offensive battle plans are impressive, i’m far more impressed with the efforts of whomever it is that commands the 103 Brigade of the Republican Guards. the Latakia offensive has been h**l ON ICE!!!

Jonathan Richer
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Jonathan Richer

Hopefully they won’t destroy more precious history as they retreat!

Ryan Law
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Ryan Law

its prettymuch all been blown up months ago, mostly syrian armys trying to minimise the numbers of hostages that die now, the option to stop destruction of hisory is kinda past from satalite pics ive seen although much of it is blanked out on google maps

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i can see that critical analysis ain’t welcomed, here. good luck getting a master’s degree with an anti-critical mindset!

Ryan Law
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lol ISIS in palmyra must be shitting themselves lol im sure if they had a option to retreat they would of, tiger forces have been slaughtering them else were it would have filtered down grape vine that sort of stuff dose