Yesterday liberated a vast territory to the South from the road Palmyra-Tiyas that has large strategic implications. Secured the southern flank of the groups leading the offensive in the Palmyra, eliminated the threat of invasions from the South on the communication line of the advancing groups completely eliminated any threat of al-Qaryatayn, fighters in Eastern Qalamoun completely cut off from their colleagues operating in the area of the Jordanian border, created excellent conditions for the further release of Central and southern Syria + expect increased transactions of the SAA in Eastern HOMS to cut off the ledge to the North of Tiyas.
On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies announced start of the Operation “Grand Dawn” in eastern Syria. The aim of the operation is to expel militants from the eastern desert and to set a foothold for a push to Deir Ezzor. The declaration followed a major success of government forces in southeastern Homs where they had liberated about 5,000 km2 and got a full control over the Damascus-Palmyra highway.
The Syrian Army troops and Resistance Forces that made fresh gains against ISIS in Southeastern Homs are inching closer to a strategic region called the Triangle of Palmyra-Baghdad-Damascus, local sources said on Friday.
Yesterday, the Caliphate launched a traditional raid on the Khanasser-Aleppo road. Mobile groups of fighters moving to the North from Itria were able to take a few half-backs and roadblocks, plunder some booty and short to reach the outskirts of the road. Traditionally, the militants were able to achieve tactical surprise. However, due to the insignificance of the forces that were involved in the RAID, unlike previous invasions, which created operational difficulties for Aleppo group of the SAA, the activity of the Caliphate is purely tactical in nature and does not change the overall bleak trend for them in the strategic situation East of Aleppo.
From the newly appeared photo it’s possible to see that the howitzer is deployed is a desert area, meaning it’s somehwere in the coountryside of Palmyra or north of Suweida. It’s not known yet if the 2S19 Msta-S is operated by Russian or Syrian crews. However, it’s worth mentioning that Russia did hand over dozens of T-90A main battle tanks to the SAA and all of them is operated by the SAA.
Following the new achievement, paths of forces liberating the surrounding areas of Palmyra and those who previously made progress at Sabaa Biar area in the eastern countryside of Damascus province, have finally crossed after they met at Damascus-Baghdad highway. The two are now jointly making advancements against ISIS.
Syrian forces advancing toward the US-rebel base on the Syrian-Iraqi border have brand new Russian gear and quite possibly Russian personnel to go with it. Last Thursday the US bombed Syrian troops approaching al-Tanf. Rather than withdraw, the Syrians decided they would advance in a slightly different direction so as to outflank and isolate the main US-rebel installation in the southern Syrian desert.