Syrian government forces have stabilized the situation in the area of Palmyra with Russian air support and are preparing a counter-offensive, the Russian military announced on December 15.
“The Syrian troops have returned to stability the situation near Palmyra with Russian air support. Repeated attacks by militants of the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) have been beaten back. At the moment the defense line lies in the area of the town of Tyas and Tyfor airbase. Russia provides assistance to the Syrian leadership in its preparations for a counterattack on Palmyra,” the deputy chief of the Russian General Staff’s main operations directorate Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir said.
Meanwhile, local sources report that the Syrian army and its allies still face a stiff pressure from the terrorist group. In the morning on December 15, the government-held Tyas Airbase was almost encircled by ISIS terrorists and the group continued attacks on it.
ISIS units launched a major offensive in the area of Palmyra on December 9 and seized the ancient city on December 11. By now, the Tyas Airbase has remained the key defense facility that stopped ISIS from developing the advance along the Homs-Palmyra highway.