Syrian Army Wins Back Vast Regions around Palmyra



The Syrian army and popular forces are now in full control of over 175 square kilometers of formerly ISIL-controlled areas in the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) and its countryside.

The army is now purging the newly-liberated areas of remaining terrorists.

The army units and popular forces have also cut all the supply routes from Palmyra to Deir Ezzur and Raqqa provinces and also the strategic town of al-Quaryatayn in the Eastern part of Homs province.

The ISIL terrorist group has sustained heavy losses and casualties in tough battle with the Syrian army and popular forces over taking control of the key region in Palmyra.

On Sunday, the General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces confirmed that Palmyra and the mountains and hills overlooking it have now come under the army’s full control.

“Security and stability has been restored to Palmyra following a series of precise and effective military operations that were carried out by the army units with the help of the popular defense groups, being backed by the Syrian and Russian Air Forces,” the Army Command said in a statement.

The ISIL terrorist organization has been dealt quite a heavy blow with army’s capture of Palmyra, said the Army Command, adding that the achievement has severely damaged the terrorists’ morale and pressed the start button for the organization’s collapse and defeat.

“This achievement proves that our brave army, aided by the friends, is the only effective force capable of fighting terrorism and eradicating it,” the statement said.

The Army Command clarified that the importance of today’s achievement stems from the significant strategic location of Palmyra city being a major link connecting the Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern areas, and from the historical and tourist status of the city as it stands witness to one of the most ancient human civilizations ever.

With Palmyra city under control, military operations against ISIL will expand starting from this springboard towards various axes and directions, on top being Deir Ezzur and Raqqa, especially that this victory helps in further tightening the noose around ISIL terrorists and cutting off their supply routes in areas under their control until having these areas fully freed, the statement explained.

The statement made it clear that the army, together with the popular defense groups and the Russian and Syrian Air Forces, will go ahead with military operations against ISIL and al-Nusra Front and other terrorist organizations.

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