The Syrian Armed Forces and their allies have been steadily advancing in the Palmyra (Tadmur) countryside today, thanks in large part to the Russian Air Force’s relentless bombardment of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) defensive positions that were considered impregnable 6 months ago.

As a result of these powerful airstrikes from the Russian Air Force, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – backed by the Desert Hawks Brigade, Hezbollah, and Liwaa Imam ‘Ali – have been able to take advantage of ISIS’ misery and capture several small hilltops at Jabal Hayyal’s eastern slopes that border the Qatari Royal Villa.

In addition to their advance around Jabal Hayyal’s eastern slopes, the Tiger Forces and their allies have been applying a lot of pressure on ISIS’ defensive positions at the Palmyra Castle (Qal’at Tadmur), striking this important site with thermobaric missiles to avoid damaging this historical structure.

Despite the Syrian Armed Forces’ major advance at the Palmyra Castle, they still do not control the small desert village of Al-Dawah, which is located directly west of the recently captured hilltop of Tal Mattar.

The Syrian Armed Forces were able to advance to Tal Mattar from Palmyra’ northwestern countryside, not Al-Dawah; this aforementioned village is often believed to be under SAA control, but local sources deny its capture.

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