The Russian Air Force carried out a ferocious series of airstrikes over the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) positions in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside on Friday, hitting several targets near the strategic cities of Palmyra (Tadmur) and Al-Sakhanah.
Among the Russian Air Force’s targets on Monday were the oil transport routes used by ISIS in the Palmyra countryside; these roads flow through the Al-Raqqa and Aleppo governorates before reaching the Turkish border.
According to a senior officer from the Syrian Air Defense, the Russian Air Force specifically struck ISIS’ positions at the villages of Rasm Al-‘Arnab and Wadi Al-Abyad, destroying several oil supply trucks and a command-and-control center.
While the Russian were busy hitting ISIS positions in eastern Homs, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division was zeroing in on the ancient city of Palmyra, where they attempting to advance to from two different flanks.
The Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade – in close coordination with Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks) – continued their advance inside Al-Dawa in the Palmyra countryside, seizing almost the entire village after a violent battle with ISIS.
Meanwhile, to the northeast of Al-Dawa, the Desert Hawks and Panther Forces imposed full control over the small hilltop of Tal Halawa near the Ancient Palmyra Quarries.
As a result of their advance in Palmyra on Friday, the Syrian Armed Forces are quickly closing-in on the Qassoun Mountains that are situated to the west of the city; this mountaintop is the last site before entering Palmyra.