The Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – in coordination with Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) – have advanced from the Abu Al-Fawaris Farms in the northwestern countryside of Palmyra to the ancient Quarries on the northern outskirts of the city after fierce clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) on Sunday morning.
As a result of their advance to the ancient Quarries in the northwestern countryside, the SAA’s Tiger Forces and Desert Hawks Brigade have positioned themselves 1.5 kilometers away from the Qassoun Checkpoint that leads into the Qassoun Mountains, which overlooks the city of Palmyra from the western flank.
South of Abu Al-Fawaris Farms, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) – attacked ISIS’ frontline defenses southeast of the Palmyra Driving School, killing two dozen enemy combatants, while also destroying three armored vehicles that were mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns.
With the Syrian Armed Forces advancing from two different directions; it appears that they plan to flank ISIS positions at Palmyra from the southern and northern sectors.
This military strategy is similar to the Syrian Arab Army’s previous offensives in which they would flank the enemy’s positions and cutoff their supply routes in order to force the besieged combatants to either surrender or escape through a small pocket.