With both the pro-government forces and ISIS terrorist group continuing to pour reinforcements into the Palmyra combat zone, this area of operations remains just as active as other, seemingly more mobile, Syrian Arab Army fronts against ISIS (such as the ongoing east Aleppo offensive) despite the appearance of a kind of military deadlock.

In an ongoing effort to expand the buffer zone around the T-4 military airport and capture various gas and oil fields throughout the Palmyra countryside, the SAA and its allies captured the much contested abandoned armoured battalion base from north of the Jabal Tiyas mountain chain for ISIS terrorists today.

The initial objective of securing the high-ground and various infrastructures (villages, bases, water-pumping areas, etc) around the T-4 military airport is crucial within the greater Palmyra offensive plan. Doing so will allow the pro-government forces to secure their flanks to a considerable depth from favourable defensive positions and create the right conditions for a resumption of the main push on the city of Palmyra itself and the important oil and gas fields to its north.

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