The commander of the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division announced the continuation of their offensive to capture the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) during his interview with Al-Mayadeen TV on Thursday.
Video footage from this desert front showed that the Syrian Armed Forces are about a few kilometers outside of Palmyra’s western gates, as a multitude of tanks and heavy armory make their way across the rough terrain of the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside.
On Thursday morning, a contingent from the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – alongside Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks) and Hezbollah – repelled the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) brief counter-offensive at the imperative town of Jazal, resulting in the aforementioned terrorist group’s withdrawal towards the Ancient Quarries of Palmyra.
If the Tiger Forces and their allies can recapture the Ancient Quarries of Palmyra, they will be less than a kilometer from the northern perimeter of this historical city in the heart of the Homs Governorate’s desert terrain.
Meanwhile, to the west of Palmyra, the SAA’s 67th Brigade – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) – continued their assault to the east of the Palmyra Driving School, where they pounded ISIS’ positions in the open, while the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) bombarded the terrorist group from the air.
The Syrian Armed Forces are attempting to flank this ancient city from the northern and southern perimeters, which models ISIS’ successful offensive in May of 2015.