BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been rolling in the Palmyra countryside, liberating large chunks of territory from the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists east of the T-4 Military Airport.
Led by the Shaheen Group of the Tiger Forces and 800th Battalion of the Republican Guard, the Syrian Arab Army managed to reach the Jihar Crossroad for the first time in one month, pushing the Islamic State forces further east towards Palmyra.
The Jihar Crossroad is situated approximately 40km west of Palmyra’s gates; its liberation will be important for the Syrian Arab Army because it will pave the way for them to recapture the Jihar Gas Fields.
Once the Jihar Gas Fields are liberated, the Syrian Arab Army can reach the Jazal Mountains, which possess the most important gas fields in this region.
In addition to their advance in the Jihar area, the Syrian Arab Army has also pushed another 2km north of Tiyas village, leaving them within striking distrance of the Al-Mahr Gas Fields.
The Syrian Arab Army launched this large-scale offensive in the western countryside of Palmyra on Saturday morning; so far, they have made remarkable success in their first phase of this assault.