The Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Liwaa Al-Fatemiyoun (Afghani paramilitary) – continued their eastward expansion to the strategic town of ‘Arak in the east Palmyra (Tadmur) countryside on Monday morning.
Under Russian air cover, the Syrian Armed Forces launched a powerful assault along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Road on Monday morning, killing several members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) while also advancing east towards the oil rich town of ‘Arak in east Homs.
According to a member of the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Armed Forces could reach ‘Arak and its nearby gas fields in the next 48 hours if they can bypass ISIS’ main fortifications along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway.
Meanwhile, just north of Palmyra, the Tiger Forces’ “Al-Hamza Brigade” – alongside the National Defense Forces and the Russian Air Force – continued their assault on the Murbet Al-Hassan Mountains after liberating the nearby storage bases from the ISIS terrorists.
The Syrian Armed Forces are expected to launch a major operation inside Aleppo City in the coming weeks; however, this will likely have little affect over the Tiger Forces’ offensive to lift the siege on Deir Ezzor.