BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive in the eastern countryside of Palmyra, Wednesday, targeting the Islamic State’s defenses along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway.

Backed by heavy airstrikes from the Syrian and Russian air forces, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Corps and Tiger Forces stormed the Islamic State’s positions near the ‘Arak Gas Fields, inflicting heavy damage on the terrorist group’s defenses.

Based on footage released from the area, the Syrian Arab Army has managed to reach the outskirts of the ‘Arak Gas Fields, marking the first time since this time last year that they have reached this area in eastern Palmyra.

The liberation of the ‘Arak Gas Fields is paramount in eventually lifting the two year long siege on Deir Ezzor, as this site is located along the highway to the provincial capital.

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Michael Müller

Palmyra was an expensive gift to ISIS but the plan to lose 50 tanks to ISIS and target them later and destroying 45tanks and many many IS member(AMNews) with the help of russian airforce in a few days was the right decision now they will reach Deir Ezzor much faster