Syrian Armed Forces Prepare for Counter-Assault at Palmyra
The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) countered the U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent statements regarding the Anti-ISIS Coalition’s in minimizing the terrorist group’s threat; however, ISIS shocked the region with their resurgence in Iraq and Syria after a period of inactivity.
This resurgence began with ISIS’ capture of the strategic city of Al-Ramadi in the Al-‘Anbar Governorate, followed by the seizure of the ancient city of Palmyra (Palmyra) just 36 hours later; this resulted in the terrorist group taking control of more than half of Syria’s desolate terrain in the eastern part of the country, including almost all of the Syrian-Iraq border.
The capture of Palmyra was a morale boost for ISIS; however, it was another blow to the Syrian Armed Forces that are spread across the country and fighting on over 70 fronts against a multitude of militants from the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the Islamic Front, and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra.”
Since the capture of the ancient city of Palmyra by the militants of ISIS, the Syrian Armed Forces have suffered a series of defeats at the Al-Tanf border-crossing (southeast Homs Governorate) into Iraq, along with the capture of the T-3 Pump Station and the Palmyra Central Prison.
It has been 48 hours since ISIS took control of the ancient city of Palmyra and the Syrian Armed Forces have yet to counter the militant group, leaving many to question whether or not the provincial capital of the recently revitalized Homs Governorate will be in danger of a large-scale enemy assault.
According to a military source from Syrian Arab Army’s “Suqour Al-Sahra” (Desert Falcons Brigade), the Syrian Armed Forces have mobilized reinforcements in the Homs Governorate to assist the National Defense Forces (NDF) on the western outskirts of Palmyra to retake the city and the airport.
In addition to their imminent counter-assault on Palmyra, the Syrian Armed Forces have secured all perimeters around the T-4 Airbase near the ancient city.