The Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” are steadily advancing in the Palmyra (Tadmur) countryside after arriving just 48 hours ago from the east Aleppo front, where they successfully liberated several villages from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in a five month span.

On Monday evening, the Tiger Forces – backed by Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) and the 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division – advanced to a number of new sites in western Palmyra, including Wadi Al-Dhakara after a violent battle with ISIS.

In addition to their advance at Wadi Al-Dhakara, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to briefly enter the Palmyra Castle (Qal’at Tadmur) on Monday night before pulling back in order to allow the Russian Air Force to bombard the terrorist group around Mount Qassoun.

The current offensive in western Palmyra is only the prelude to what is expected to be a massive assault to take this ancient desert city located in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside.

The Syrian Armed Forces are still deploying more soldiers to this front because the final assault on the city will require a large force to take Palmyra from the ISIS terrorists.

However, if they are successful, they will be within striking distance of the oil rich town of Al-Sakhenah and the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway.

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Thierry de France
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Thierry de France

Slow progress…