Footage filmed on Thursday shows the elite special forces called the ‘ISIS Hunters’ guarding the city of Palmyra after the city was recaptured from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) by the Syrian army.
The ‘ISIS hunters’ unit is formed of an elite special force and following the liberation of Palmyra, the group will be charged with guarding the city in order to prevent the IS forces from recapturing the city for a third time.
Over the last few days, the Syrian Army managed to liberate the entire city with government troops having seized the strategic heights south of Palmyra, carrying on with their offensive eastwards.
Palmyra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, formerly known for housing some of the best-preserved monuments of antiquity anywhere in the world. Among the acts of destruction and vandalism perpetrated by IS forces was the destruction of the Temple of Bel and the Temple of Baalshamin. After seizing the city for the second time, IS destroyed part of the Roman theater and legendary Tetrapylon.