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Russian Air and Ground Support Leads Syrian Army to Gates of Palmyra

ISIS won't be able to hold out much longer

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Backed by Russian air and ground support, the Syrian Arab Army has once again found itself at the gates of the ancient city of Palmyra.

Good timing. Russia just finished celebrating Special Operations Forces Day.

<figcaption>They're taking it back. This time for good.</figcaption>
They're taking it back. This time for good.

According to reports, " Syrian government forces and their allies have liberated the Palmyra citadel located on a hill overlooking the town."

Unfortunately the citadel cannot be used by the Syrians because it is jam-packed with improvised explosives left behind by ISIS and their "moderate" friends.

Russian special forces arrived in the western countryside of Palmyra in mid-February to begin preparations for the assault on the ancient city.

Al Masdar News has the latest from the front:

Having liberated the strategic Palmyra Triangle earlier today, the Syrian Army, backed by Russian airstrikes, managed to fully retake Palmyra castle after defeating ISIS militants at the Al-Tar Mountain to the north-west of Palmyra.

Meanwhile, another Army units stormed the Hotels Areas, located exactly to the west of the desert city.

The weeks-long battle to reclaim the centuries-old archeological site is expected to come to an end soon as the city is now within the Army’s firing range.

The significant advance comes as the terror organization suffered heavy losses on different battlegrounds.

In Palmyra, ISIS lost scores of fighters, as well military equipment, due to the ongoing heavy artillery shelling and airstrikes. To  the north, the group was also overrun by both the Syrian Army and the Turkish-backed rebels outside its former stronghold of Al Bab.

Now that the Syrians and their allies have the high ground, it won't be much longer before ISIS is pushed out of the city — hopefully this time for good.

Of course, we don't mean to belittle the efforts of the Syrians or allied militias when we say the Russians "lead" them to Palmyra again.

But the reality is that for political purposes, it's important for Syrian forces to be in the limelight. The Russians of course are playing a key (if not vital) role. But there's no reason for Moscow to advertise it.

Four Russian military advisors were killed last week not too far from Palmyra, but the report was buried. It's clear the Russians are extremely active in this region. But they want the glory to go to Syria.


Let's just not forget about these great guys:

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