Despite the fact that today was a lot of bad news from the Palmyra, I would like to say on a positive note. By nightfall of 12 December, the remnants of militants in Aleppo controlled less than 1% of the city. By 11 p.m., the army trimmed the last pockets of resistance, and several sources have already reported complete liberation of the city, although pockets of resistance still remain, but it is rather a matter of a few hours, and then filtering. The prisoner shall as rank-and-file militants and warlords.The collapse of the organized defense of militants occurred on December 9-10, accelerated the process of freeing the remaining quarters. 12 Dec has all chances to become the end of many years of battles, the outcome of which will affect the further course and outcome of the Syrian war.
Palmyra apparently is not limited. Towards evening, the Caliphate seized part of the strong points around T4 airbase-Ties and began a direct assault on the base. This confirms a previous request for control of the intersection Jawhar. It is reported that on the territory of the base with artillery fire destroyed 3 aircraft (probably unsuitable for takeoff), on the outskirts of the base, heavy fighting was underway.
By mid-day December 12 adverse trend for SAA remained. The troops slowly retreated along the highway Palmyra-Ties to the air force base where apparently planned to stop the advance of the Caliphate. Opponents attacks along the route from Palmyra and at the same time push the North line of Kuwaitis-Gazal. Desert ride carts, “black” and shot fleeing Syrian soldiers that did not move along with the main forces – the collapse of the defense happened so fast that the simultaneous withdrawal of all forces did not work and people on the distant positions, we were unlucky.
Amid the destruction of Palmyra, the rebound of the boiler in Aleppo has somewhat faded into the background, but nevertheless the process of liberation of Aleppo is nearing completion. Strategically the position of the militants there have already been hopeless and no success of the militants in other parts of the front of course could not save the boiler remaining deep in the rear of the Syrian forces.After the bulk of the civilians left the pot on the humanitarian corridor and the part of the militants laid down their arms, SAA as promised in the defense Ministry, went on the offensive and in the last two days freed from the militants a half of the boiler. Organized resistance, the enemy no longer has, it is about the suppression of pockets of resistance where fanatics refuse to accept reality and they need this reality to strike. The output of civil easier to rebound, as necessary, such pockets of resistance are crushed by artillery and aviation.In fact, the question of the release of the remaining blocks should be solved this week and Assad will be able to celebrate their biggest win since 2011.
By the morning of 12 December, the Caliphate not only controlled the city, but also drew in the Syrian position to the West, carrying out attacks on the North and forcing the Syrians to withdraw on the highway to Tiyas. As for the track itself lacks fortifications except for the rare roadblocks and hastily appointed VAPI, it makes organizing the defense a bit difficult, although the work of aircraft and helicopters makes it a bit easier. From HOMS to Palmyra and Tiyas reinforcements, it is argued that they are preparing a counterattack to retake the city. Judging by some photos, they decided to remove some parts from the Damascus, which of course could be done earlier, as Eastern ghouta and Yarmouk’s not going anywhere. Now in an emergency order is necessary to increase the grouping to stabilize the front and to regain lost ground.