Some 40 ISIS terrorists and 10 military vehicles belonging to the group have been destroyed by Russian and Syrian airstrikes near the Syrian ancient city of Palmyra, according to pro-government sources.
The Syrian state-run news agency SANA says that ISIS targets were destroyed by the Syrian Air Force while local sources emphasize the role of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. In any case, there are no doubts that both Syrian and Russian combat aircraft operate in the area.
However, the high intensity of airstrikes has not resulted in a notable improvement of the military situation for pro-government forces. On December 15, ISIS terrorists encircled the key Tyas Airbase west of Palmyra and continued to develop the advance.