Syrian Army, Supported By Russian Air Force, Launches Advance On Palmyra

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Voiceover by Harold Hoover

The Syrian Army, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, has launched a campaign to liberate again the ancient city of Palmyra from ISIS terrorists, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday.

Since last weekend, government forces have retaken from ISIS the Jihar Junction and set a foothold for retaking the Jihar Field and the Village of Bir Marhitan east of the Tyas Airbase. The Syrian military has also deployed fresh reinforcements to the area.

Now, army troops, backed up by Syrian and Russian attack helicopters, are developing the advance in the directions of al-Baydhah and the Jihar Field along the Homs-Palmyra Highway.

However, the gains of government forces in the area are far away from a devastating blow to ISIS that can push the terrorist group to redeploy forces from Deir Ezzor to Palmyra.

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