BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 A.M.) – Amidst ongoing clashes between pro-government forces and the ISIS terrorist group in the far eastern countryside of Palmyra, footage has emerged in the last 24 hours from the Al-Ghadeer TV news group showing Russian troops (their service branch unknown) embedded with Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops at the front-line.
Based on the footage, Russian troops can be seen to be operating light armoured utility vehicles such as GAZ Tigr indicating them to be light infantry. Although it is already known that the Russian Ground Forces provide military advisors to the SAA on this particular front in Syria, a brief snippet of footage beginning at 1:05 appears to show at least two special forces troops (to the far left of the video and the machine gun operator in the GAZ Tigr).
Russian special forces are known to have partaken in front-line engagements alongside the SAA during the operation that led to second liberation of Palmyra from ISIS and it may very well still be the case that such high-quality troops remain embattled at the front in eastern Homs since then.
As of the current moment, pro-government forces, led by the SAA’s Russian-trained, equipped and jointly-commanded 5th Assault Corps, are engaged in an offensive operation to liberate the oil-rich town of al-Sukhnah from ISIS. Al-Sukhnah represents the last bastion of ISIS forces in the province of Homs and the last strategic barrier which stands before pro-government forces and their lifting the siege of Deir Ezzor.