It has been a rough 48 hours for the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham near the ancient city of Palmyra, as both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) have dealt a lethal blow to the terrorist group around the Ancient Quarries’ outskirts in the east Homs countryside.
On Friday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – in coordination with Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) – continued their assault on the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) positions outside of the Ancient Quarries in the city of Palmyra, killing two dozen enemy combatants en route to their advance towards the village of Al-‘Amariyah.
The morning before this powerful ground assault at the Ancient Quarries southeastern outskirts, the Syrian Air Force delivered a ferocious assault on ISIS’ positions, killing a confirmed 28 enemy combatants, while also destroying six armored vehicles that were mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns and doshkas.
Meanwhile, near the groves of Al-Bayarat, the terrorist group attempted to recapture the territory they lost to the SAA’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division; however, the assault was unsuccessful, as the ISIS militants retreated after a fierce six hour battle with the Syrian Armed Forces.
A few setbacks have allowed the terrorist group some breathing room in the Palmyra countryside; however, the Syrian Armed Forces are still within 4km of this historical city in Homs’ eastern countryside.