The Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – alongside Liwaa Imam ‘Ali (Iraqi paramilitary), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) – have officially liberated Hill 800 from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in Jabal Hayyal after advancing from the nearby village of Al-Dawah in Palmyra’s western countryside.
In addition to liberating Hill 800, the Syrian Armed Forces also imposed full control over Tal Al-‘Amdaan in Jabal Hayyal after overruning ISIS’ front-line defenses at the western perimeter of this hilltop.
The Tiger Forces are attempting to advance from several flanks in the Palmyra countryside; however, they are facing several obstacles in their way, including roadside bombs, mines, and ISIS snipers.
Over the last 72 hours, the Syrian Armed Forces have lost a total of 38 soldiers while trying to advance across this rugged terrain in eastern Homs.
It will not likely get any easier from here for the Syrian Armed Forces because the closer they get to Palmyra, the more difficult it is to bypass ISIS’ defenses.