BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had another productive day on the Palmyra frontier and advanced both north and east of the ancient city.

With Russian choppers and jets continuesly hunting down ISIS militants in the region, the SAA managed to impose full control over the Al-Amriyah mountains and the nearby hills northeast of Palmyra (Tadmur) city.

These high points are vital as they secure fire control over the Palmyra Silos which is now in the range of the SAA’s eastern forward units.

Yesterday, the SAA also imposed full control over the Jazal Gas Field as government forces are gradually making headway in this oil-rich desert region northwest of Palmyra.

Palmyra will be fully secured from a looming ISIS counter-offensive once the SAA liberates the Palmyra Silos and the groves area south of the ancient city.

Involved in the SAA’s eastern Homs offensive are the Shaitat tribesmen, the newly formed 5th Legion, elements of the 18th Tank Division, Military Shield Forces, Al-Badia branch, National Defence Forces, a contingent of Hezbollah fighters and some Iraqi paramilitary units.

Meanwhile, Amaq Agency claimed ISIS militants destroyed a SAA tank east of Palmyra.

HD map here.

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