When the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) captured the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) on May 21st of this year, they advanced from the northern flank into the small village of Al-‘Amariyah; thus, beginning the large exodus of the Syrian Armed Forces from the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate.
For the last six months, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade and 550th Regiment of the 18th Tank Division have attempted to advance into Palmyra from Jabal Qassoun (Qassoun Mountains) that overlooks the city’s western district; however, this advance has been repeatedly repelled by the ISIS fighters entrenched at the mountaintop.
Over the weekend, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” restarted their military operations at the Jazal Mountains and the Ancient Quarries of Palmyra in order to alleviate the pressure on the SAA units attacking western flank of the city.
These renewed military operations paved the way for the Syrian Arab Army’s advance in the western country as they were able to recapture the groves of Al-Bayarat and the village of Al-Kassarat after a series of intense firefights with the ISIS terrorists.
In addition to the 550th Regiment/67 Brigade’s advance on the western flank of Palmyra, the Tiger Forces shocked the ISIS militants entrenched at the Ancient Quarries with a powerful assault of their own, capturing the northern perimeter of this historical site this morning.
According to a military source in the Homs Governorate, ISIS militants were captured by Russian drone footage fleeing the area amid the Tiger Forces’ advance south towards the village of Al-‘Amariyah in northern Palmyra.