Palmyra Map 15-3-2016

Minutes ago in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – backed by Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and Liwaa Imam Ali (Iraqi paramilitary) – imposed full control over Jabal Hayyal in west Palmyra after a violent battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) today.

According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent, Jabal Hayyal is located directly east of Point 800 near Jabbal Hayyan in Palmyra’s western countryside; this is one of the last mountaintops before the Qatari Royal Villa.

Jabal Hayyal is often confused for two other mountaintops in the Palmyra countryside: Jabal Hayyan and Jabal Hiyyal.

Jabal Hayyan is located to the west of Jabal Hayyal; meanwhile, Jabal Hiyyal is situated at the northern flank of Palmyra near the village of Al-Dawah.

With the capture of Jabal Hayyal today, the Tiger Forces and their allies can shift gears to the remaining hilltops that border the Qatari Royal Villa, which has been transformed into an ISIS training camp.

Helping the Syrian Arab Army from above is the Russian Air Force, who carried out several airstrikes on Tuesday afternoon in order to propel the government forces in the Palmyra countryside.

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They’ll have the city surrounded within the week at this rate!