For over two months, Palmyra has been under the occupation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and while the terrorist group is on the offensive in two provinces inside northern Syria (Aleppo and Al-Hasakah), they find themselves under attack by the same enemy they captured this ancient city from in late April of 2015.

The Syrian Armed Forces have done a 180 on the Palmyra front, as they have gone from being on the defensive, to reversing many of ISIS’ gains along the vast desert territory encompassing the Palmyra-Homs Highway.

Much of the Syrian Armed Forces’ success in Palmyra has been due in large part to the SAA’s Central Command’s brigade reshuffling on this front; this was an imperative decision that saw the mobilization of the Tiger Forces from the Idlib Governorate to the Jazal and Al-Sha’ar Mountains.

Not long after their arrival, the Tiger Forces watched ISIS’ defensive frontlines crumble in the northern countryside of Palmyra; thus, allowing for the Tiger Forces to sweep the Jazal and Al-Sha’ar Mountains en route to the strategic groves of Al-Bayarat, then to the farms of Abu Al-Fawaris, and finally to the Ancient Quarries.

Meanwhile, to the south, the SAA’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division found their own level of success along the Palmyra-Homs Highway, where they were able to capture a number of sites over the last two weeks, including the Al-Qadri Farms and the Palmyra Driving School recently.

With the Tiger Forces advancing towards the village of Al-‘Amariyah, the Desert Hawks Brigade – that have fought along their side this whole time – will likely break away to the west of the Qassoun Mountains and attack from this flank.

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The Desert Hawks are likely to link up with the SAA’s 67th Brigade, who is also pushing towards the western flank of Palmyra; however, there is always the possibility of the 67th Brigade swooping to the Palmyra Farms at the southern flank – still too early to tell.

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