After storming the Jazal gas field on Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was able to impose full control over the oil-rich site on Monday and seized the adjacent Jazal mountain.

Meanwhile, the SAA also continued its operations north and east of Palmyra city, attacking ISIS-held farms in the groves area surrounding the city. Next up, government forces hope to liberate the Palmyra Silos east of Palmyra.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8oERZuLBhc&feature=youtu.be

Despite highly active Russian and Syrian warplanes dominating the skies over the mountainous desert terrain of eastern Homs, the Islamic State still maintains a considerable fighting force in the region.

While gradually expanding the buffer zone around the ancient city of Palmyra, Syrian government forces could possibly embark upon a major eastwards military campaign which ultimately looks to lift the siege of Deir Ezzor, a city some 170 kilometers away.

Active on the Palmyra frontier are the Shaitat tribesmen, the newly formed 5th Legion, elements of the SAA’s 18th Tank Division, Military Shield Forces, Al-Badia branch, National Defence Forces, a contingent of Hezbollah fighters and some Iraqi paramilitary units.

HD map of Palmyra can be found here.

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