The Syrian Armed Forces, backed by National Defense Forces (NDF), seized today noon Mount Jabeel to the west of the ISIS-held Christian town of Qaryatayn.

A video released earlier this day by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows a high-ranking Syrian officer explaining the progress made today and the new tactics adopted.

Having recaptured Mount Jabeel and adjacent hills, the Army has encircled ISIS from three sides, leaving only an escape route to the south.

“Today’s progress is of a significant importance as it paves the way to liberate the ancient city of Palmyra. Tomorrow, we will recapture Qaryatayn and then move ahead toward Palmyra”, the Major General said.

According to the high-ranking officer, the attacking forces managed to advance for some 8 km, in spite of the fierce clashed that killed scored of ISIS militants and destroyed scores of tanks, bulldozers and trucks mounted with machine guns.

Among the areas captured today are a former army command center and a broadcast station.

Meanwhile, battles intensify outside Palmyra with the Syrian Armed Forces, backed by the paramilitary NDF and Russian airstrikes making notable progress toward the world heritage site.

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