DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated a number of sites on Friday after conducting a blitz offensive on ISIS-held territory on the road south of Palmyra.
Advancing several kilometers along the M-90 highway, the Russian-trained 5th Legion and allied SAA factions stormed and captured the Haddad farms, Sukkari quarries, and Al-Hujn horse racing runway in a sparsely populated desert region roughly 20 kilometers south of the ancient city of Palmyra.
Effectively, Syrian troops have severed an Islamic State supply line between Al-Abasiyah and Arak in eastern Homs. Meanwhile, the SAA has widened its vulnerable Palmyra salient.
This SAA advance follows newly implemented tactics, inspired by the Tiger Forces, that entail diversionary attacks on strong points only to attack ISIS’ weakest line of defense.
The Russian Air Force conducted dozens of sorties against ISIS insurgents in the region despite the US Air Force controversially bombing the nearby Shayrat Airbase.
In the early morning hours, the SAA foiled an Islamic State infiltration attempt near Furqlas, a government-held town west of Palmyra.
ISIS maintains a strong presence on the outskirts of Palmyra and regularly posts pictures of battles with the SAA. Hundreds of Islamic State reinforcements have arrived from Sweida and the East Qalamoun over the past month.
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