BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 P.M.) – A major battle is brewing in the western countryside of Palmyra, as over 7,000 Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers prepare to push back the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) from the ancient city and nearby gas fields.
With the Islamic State militants failing to take the T-4 Military Airport in eastern Homs, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah will be in position to launch a powerful counter-attack from several axes, pushing mostly north towards the Al-Mahr, Jazal, and Sha’er gas fields and as far east as the ancient city of Palmyra.
This major military operation will be led by none other than the Syrian Arab Army’s elite “Tiger Forces” and their allies from the Desert Hawks Brigade (Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra), Hezbollah, and Liwaa Al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary).
While Palmyra is not considered militarily strategic, the loss of the gas fields in the north are detrimental to the Syrian government and their fuel supply that is provided to millions of civilians across the country.
Since ISIS captured the gas fields in the northern countryside of Palmyra, fuel shortages have been reported across the country, making daily life in Syria very difficult on Syrians living in frigid temperatures.
The Syrian Arab Army’s top military priority is the liberation of these gas fields from the Islamic State terrorists and the eventual restoration of fuel reserves during these winter months.