BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched their long-awaited west Palmyra offensive tonight after more than a month on the defensive against the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS).
Russian airstrikes paved the way for the Syrian Arab Army’s 800th Battalion of the Republican Guard to storm the Islamic State’s positions around the T-4 Military Airport and Al-Bardah area.
According to a military source in Homs, the Syrian Arab Army has liberated a large amount territory around the T-4 Airport, killing and wounding scores of Islamic State in the process of this advance in the western Palmyra countryside.
The first phase of this large-scale offensive will be to reach the Jazal Mountains and Al-Mahr Gas Fields; once this is accomplished, they will begin the operation to liberate these sites from the Islamic State terrorists.
ISIS reportedly abandoned several sites in western Palmyra last week after suffering heavy losses in east Aleppo and western Raqqa.
With the Islamic State’s forces spread too thin in western Palmyra, the Syrian Army will attempt to overwhelm them by sheer manpower and airstrikes.