The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued its advancements on the main road towards Palmyra as Syrian government troops reached points some 1,000 meters from an imperative junction near the historic city.

This advance was secured after the SAA took control of Hayyal mountain and the Quarries yesterday, thus establishing fire control over sections of Palmyra city.

However, the Islamic State is unlikely surrender control of the city easily as a number of armored vehicles and jihadist mortar units were sent to western Palmyra in a last-ditch effort to fend off the advancing government troops.

Leading the offensive is the Russian-trained 5th Legion, the 18th Tank Division, Military Shield Forces, Al-Badia branch, Shaitat tribesmen alongside the National Defence Forces.

Elsewhere, SAA troops are preparing to storm the Al-Mahr gas field after seizing all high points surrounding the facility and its wells. However, mines and booby traps disguised as rocks were said to hinder rapid government advances in this oil-rich region according to Al-Masdar News field correspondent Majd Fahd.

Russian warplanes are heavily backing the Palmyra offensive.

Meanwhile, fresh clashes erupted between the Islamic State and SAA in eastern Hama, southeastern Aleppo and eastern Aleppo. At the latter region, government forces seized three villages from ISIS on Tuesday.

Two-day old footage of the SAA’s forward units west of Palmyra:

Pictures released by ISIS’ Amaq Agency depicting clashes west of Palmyra:

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How does ISIL have so many tanks? For 2 years they have been fighting on multiple fronts and every day you hear about how a tank or two was taken out by someone (Kurds, Americans, Syrians, Iraqis, turks, Russians..). h**l just three days ago the CJTF-OIR claimed 3 tanks were destroyed in airstrikes, and three days ago we saw images of a burned and destroyed tank in East Aleppo (courtesy of the Tiger Forces). According to a multitude of sources ISIL captured anywhere from 83-100 T-55’s and less than two dozen T-72’s. Business Insider even claims ISIL doesn’t have the… Read more »

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Stern Daler

IS got much equipment in Iraq and from GCC equipped groups that changed sides. IMHO.

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Cyriak Papasissis

After the nazi-staged coup in Ukraine in 2014 , Saudi Arabia bought hundreds of T 72s and other armored vehicles at bottom price , 500 hundred for 30 million $ , from the Kiev regime. Those were given to ISIS via Turkey , to facilitate the invasion & capture of most of Iraq , north of Baghdad. In Iraq they of course found huge supplies of stores , since the US ‘advisers” of the Iraqi army had conveniently arranged that the chain of command paralyzed and the Iraqi Army disassembled in panic defeat.

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Why don’t you at first finish that f*****g Eastern Ghouta instead of this f*****g Palmyra? Useless attempt at the moment in my opinion. Wait until Iraqi Shia militants finish ISIS in Iraq and then they will come to your aid. Then you can not only get Palmyra but also break the siege of Deir ez-Zor. You’ll miss Palmyra again at this moment.

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Ok. Eastern Ghouta would also make sense. It frees resources.

But it is not Palmyra as symbol and town. Its road junctions are the keys to the oil and gas fields there and their output. Both sides want them as assets for their war.

p.s. IMHO. War is is not about fighting but a monopoly game about feeding and fielding strong forces.

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Because of oil+gas 😉

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Nestor Arapa

Excelente el informe

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Assad must stay

Good news 🙂

I hope SAA will recover gas+oil fields ASAP.

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How in God’s Green Earth does ISIL have so many tanks? According to many sources, they only captured around over one hundred T-55’s and around 2 dozen T-72’s, and some disbelieving sources from 2014 say ISIS doesn’t have the technical prowess to operate the T-72’s; but as we see in this video they most definitely do. Every day the Kurds, the Russian Coalition, the American Coalition, the Syrian Army, and the Iraqis claim to destroy a tank or two. Two days ago CJTF-OIR claimed they destroyed 3 tanks, while yesterday the Syrian Army posted a picture of destroyed ISIS armour.… Read more »

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How does ISIL have so many tanks? For 2 years they have been fighting on multiple fronts and every day or two you hear about how a tank or two was taken out. The CJTF-OIR(American coalition) claimed to have taken out 3 tanks just 2 days ago, and we have seen multiple pictures and video evidence of the Syrian Army taking out tanks in both East Aleppo and Palmyra, and now we see even more T-72s being deployed by ISIL! According to many sources ISIL captured anywhere from 88-100 T55s and less than 2 dozen T-72’s. One source even claims… Read more »

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How does ISIL have so many tanks? For 2 years they have been fighting on multiple fronts and every day or two you hear about how a tank or two was taken out. The CJTF-OIR(American coalition) claimed to have taken out 3 tanks just 2 days ago, and we have seen multiple pictures and video evidence of the Syrian Army taking out tanks in both East Aleppo and Palmyra, and now we see even more T-72s being deployed by ISIL! According to many sources ISIL captured anywhere from 88-100 T55s and less than 2 dozen T-72’s. One source even claims… Read more »