Syrian army reports gains against ISIS near Palmyra

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Syrian army forces made new gains in Latakia. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – Subsequent to the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) control over the ancient city of Palmyra last month, the Syrian regime’s army continues its efforts to regain the city through launching daily attacks.

Syrian army forces made advancement and seized areas in the vicinity of the historic city, local activists reported on Thursday.

“The regime forces are currently on the five-mile distance from Palmyra (Tadmur),” a Syrian military source reported on Thursday evening.

“This progress is part of a tight military plan prepared by the Syrian government to break into the city and expel IS militants,” the source told ARA News.

Fierce clashes broke out between IS militants and Syrian army forces west and south of Palmyra on Thursday, during which the group lost several checkpoints, according to the military source, who conditioned anonymity. 

Pro-Assad activists considered this development as a “revenge operation” against IS group which executed more than 20 Syrian soldiers in the Roman theater of the city earlier this week.

 

Reporting by: Mustafa Hamed

Source: ARA News

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