The third Battle of Palmyra (Tadmor) continues with Syrian Arab Army (SAA) now counterattacking on the outskirts of this ancient city.

Earlier on Saturday, the city was at some point on a verge of being captured by the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) after militants of this terror group had captured Jabal Tar mountain and Al-Amiriyah suburb while also entering eastern Palmyra neighbourhoods. SAA troops began evacuation of civilians and started preparing to retreat themselves.

However, after arrival of reinforcements, the government forces regrouped and launched a counterattack. Having cleared Al-Amiriyah and eastern Palmyra districts of ISIS terrorists, the SAA, with active air support from Russian and Syrian Air Forces, stormed ISIS positions at Jabal Tar mountain northwest of the city and Palmyra Grain Silos area located to the east. Some preliminary reports suggest that both sites were recaptured by the government forces, but no official confirmation had been provided yet.

It is noteworthy to mention that SAA’s counterattack is supported by Russian Special Forces who helped drive out ISIS terrorists from Al-Amiriyah. Besides, they provide target designation for Russian attack helicopters and fighter jets that relentlessly strike ISIS positions.

 

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After this attack is over there must be a “lesson learned” debriefing as this is complete intelligence failure from the syrians and at some extent Russian forces.
It was known that ISIS will be relocating from Mosul to Syria but everyone was waiting for them in Raqqa or as US/Danes have tried to push them to Deir Azor.

Eventually Tadmor front be secured but there is unnecessary sacrifices of defenders and civilians collateral loss that could have been avoided.

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Syrian generals were likely relying on Russian help in Palmyra and spared their forces there while Russians did not promise help on the ground.

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ironeddie

There is still big corridor from Iraq. Russiam jets destroy them. Road from Mosul to Rakka was blocked by Iraq army after Iranian army urging.

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Specnaz?

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I think may be part of naval special ops or just special ops for target designation. Specnaz may be the one that is coming from Chechnya to secure vital installations.

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ironeddie

Putin sent Kadyrov´s boys and in Aleppo are operating Russian GRU boys.