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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:00 P.M.) – Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) finally liberated the Al-Shaer Gas fields after imposing fire control over the facility in February.

The advance was secured by the Russian-trained 5th Legion and elements of the 18th Tank Division in a rapid morning operation through a heavily mined area.

Effectively, government forces have secured the northern flank of its Palmyra salient while also applying significant pressure on ISIS-held territory in eastern Hama and Homs.

If SAA commanders decide to strike further northwards, they could cutoff around 100 ISIS-held villages from the Islamic State mainland in eastern Syria.

The dauting task requires the SAA to advance some 50 kilometers through sparsely populated desert terrain which has not been under government control since 2014; this offensive would not only safeguard the Palmyra bulge but also secure the Aleppo supply line once and for all.

A zoomable version of the map can be found here.

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Student currently living in Denmark. Special focus on news from Syria, MENA map-making and strategical military analysis.

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great news

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Nonsense, it would be a suicide mission to do it that way unless (until) the SAA has the resources to attack from all directions simultaniously. What you have there is exactly the Daesh heartland including the so-called “triangle of death”. Daesh has huge resources in this area with a number of mountain fortresses originally build by the SAA to withstand bombing raids by the ziofascist enemy. Though we don’t know if the retarded roaches are able to operate these, I fear Daesh has taken over quite a number of functioning heavy missiles from Scud onwards together with the mountainous missile… Read more »