On Monday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” made their first major push towards the Deir Ezzor Governorate after a three week long battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) at the strategic desert city of Palmyra (Tadmur).
The Tiger Forces – backed by the 134th Brigade – began their assault by launching a powerful assault along the Palmyra-Sukhanah Road, capturing approximately 4 km of territory from the ISIS terrorists that were positioned outside of Palmyra’s eastern countryside.
In order for the Syrian Armed Forces to reach Deir Ezzor City, they will have to pass through the ISIS stronghold of Al-Sukhanah, which is also the aforementioned terrorist group’s economic hub due to its rich oil fields.
The town of Al-Sukhanah is located approximately 45 km northeast of Palmyra; however, it is primarily surrounded by desert terrain, leaving them susceptible to the Russian Air Force’s relentless air raids .
More importantly, the Syrian Armed Forces do not need to village hop to get to Al-Sukhanah; in fact, all they will have to do is liberate the village of ‘Arak and some local oil fields before reaching the targeted ISIS stronghold.
Once Sukhanah is liberated, the Syrian Armed Forces will have another 100 km of desert terrain to bypass before they can officially lift the 10 month long siege of Deir Ezzor City.