Following the capture of Jabbal Hayyal yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) proceeded to secure two important advances on the outskirts of Palmyra.

Heavily supported by Russian airstrikes, the SAA pushed onwards from Jabbal Hayyal and secured the adjecent ‘hill 900’ point southwest of Palmyra on Monday.

Government troops also advanced on the main road to Palmyra, coming within 3 kilometers of the Palmyra Triangle (Palmyra junction).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa_RWVASyBI&feature=youtu.be

Meanwhile, the SAA capitalized on taking control of the highest point in the region by capturing the village of Al-Tamtheel directly west of Palmyra, thereby coming in direct contact with the emparative Al-Tar mountain that overlooks the northwestern part of the ancient city.

The coming battle for Palmyra is conditioned on capturing the mountains that overlook the ancient city; once all nearby high points are seized by government forces, Palmyra’s recapture will be inevitable.

On the oil-rich front northeast of the Tiyas (T4) Airbase, the SAA are also on the verge of storming several gas fields still under ISIS control.

Russian warplanes conducted numerous air raids on Huwaysis, Jahhar oil field, Jazal gas field, Al-Mahr field while Syrian troops are on standby to attack these heavily mined sites.

Given the current rate of advance, the SAA could easily retake Palmyra within a week or so.

Leading the offensive is the Russian-trained 5th Legion, the 18th Tank Division, Military Shield Forces, Al-Badia branch, Shaitat tribesmen alongside the National Defence Forces.

ISIS retook Palmyra in December, 2016 following a blitz offensive that involved between 4,000 and 5,000 jihadist militants.

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The SAA is really into the mood now to let IS have a party.

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Yes, a nice burn party followed by an extra nice bullet party 🙂

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Additional Guy Fawkes Firework Night.

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Well, Guy Fawkes hadn’t the time to firework anything and ended hanged, drawn and quartered… Actually not the best reference, bro 😉
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanged,_drawn_and_quartered
Pretty horrible death.
Fawkes managed to cheat the executioner : he jumped from the gallows, thus breaking his neck 😉

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Yes – but he is commemorated by the fireworks.

p.s. Introduce it for IS and don’t let them cheat. Blink.

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I’ve been telling people for a while March is going to be the month for the SAA’s recapture of Palmyra, just like last year. Hopefully they clear the Southern and Northern flank and don’t lose it in December 2017. Additionally, we will have to give additional prayers to the poor Russian sappers who have to demine the city all over again. Either way, godspeed SAA and good luck!

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Absolutely. On all.