Syrian War Report – December 9, 2016: ISIS Advancing On Palmyra Amid Ceasefire In Aleppo

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December 8 morning ISIS terrorists launched multiple offensives against Syrian government forces near Palmyra. The terrorist group used a high number of car bombs during the attack and seized notable areas northwest of the city, including Jazal, set a full control over Qasr al-Halabat south of Palmyra. The ISIS attack in the area of Arak did not result in gains. The tactical goal of the ISIS operation was to encircle Syrian troops in Palmyra, cutting off the Homs-Palmyra highway.

On December 9, clashes continued in the area with Syrian troops were successfully repelling further ISIS attempts to deploy closer to the ancient city. Since the start of ISIS attacks, the Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Force have intensified air raids in the area.

The terrorist group claim that government forces have lost up to 100 fighters since the start of the clashes. Pro-government sources deny this number of casualties and say that at least 8 technical vehicles belonging to the terrorist group have been destroyed.

On December 8, the Syrian army, supported by the country’s air force attacked ISIS forces deploying for an advance on the government-held Deir Ezzor airport. Attacks against ISIS terrorists were also made near al-Rashidiya, al-Hwaiqa, al-Hamidiyeh districts and near the Panorama checkpoint. As result the ISIS offensive force was dispersed.

Government forces liberated the key Aleppo district of Sheikh Saeed and seized from Jaish al-Fatah and Fatah Halab militants some points in Bustan al-Qaser and al-America. The gains by pro-government forces put the so-called “opposition” in a desperate situation and the militant forces leadership (mainly members of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) requested the Syrian military for a safe passage from the city. There was no immediate answer from the Syrian military.

Nonetheless, December 8 evening, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that the Syrian army had stopped “active military activities” against militants in Aleppo, explaining that this was needed to allow civilians to withdraw from the battleground. Lavrov made the announcement following the meeting with US State Department Secretary, John Kerry on the Syrian issue. Another unilateral ceasefire by Syrian government forces in Aleppo has already caused a skeptical reaction among the expert community interested in the Syrian conflict and many said that Aleppo militants will sabotage again the withdrawal of civilians from the city even amid reports that some 8,461 civilians were evacuated at the same day.

The Aleppo decision could also be linked to the situation near Palmyra. If true, this was evidence that ISIS coordinates its efforts in Syria with the so-called “moderate opposition” and its Western puppeteers.

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama ordered a waiver for restrictions on military aid for militant forces in Syria, deeming it “essential to the national security interests” of the US to allow exceptions from provisions in the Arms Export Control Act. The order includes responsibility to the US secretary of state to work with and report to Congress on weapons deliver proposals, requiring 15 days’ notice before they are authorized.

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  • Aquartertoseven

    Back to the SAA fleeing en masse, great…

    It’s an open fucking desert, how can this happen?

    • Barry

      according to an Assadi journalist i read, Russians who were supposed to be doing MP type duty were always stinking drunk and Syrian soldiers assigned there were lax, thinking it was far from conflict. no foreign soldiers (HA, Iraqis) and they are most motivated.
      IS was right next door the whole time. SAA chose to ignore IS as usual to focus on high profile Damascus and Aleppo. IS is a bottom feeding scavenger. it won its territory by letting SAA and rebels duke it out. then they come in and grab it all.
      Redux.

      • Aquartertoseven

        How can they be the least motivated group in their own fucking country, it’s insane!

        • Barry

          Many are Sunni conscripts and others are Alawites recently Shanghai’d into service by literal press crews. Druze are not allowing their sons to be drafted and Shiites are defending their areas as militias. This war has worn them down.
          The Pak and Afghan Shiites are being promised Iranian citizenship or Syrian residency. They and HA are also fanatial. Alawites are not that way and Sunnis would run if they could.

    • Barry

      also, without Syrian AF and Russian AF, he and other i read claim all of Syria would be IS.

  • Valery Grigoryev

    Hope, our aircrafts would help SAA against shitoffensive.

  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    RT you have a troll invasion.

  • EL ZORRO

    “December 8 evening, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that the Syrian army had stopped “active military activities” against militants in Aleppo, explaining that this was needed to allow civilians to withdraw from the battleground. Lavrov made the announcement following the meeting with US State Department Secretary, John Kerry on the Syrian issue”…WOW! now Lavrov receive orders from John Kerry. SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG.

    • John Whitehot

      here you are. lol.

  • Guy

    Time for Russian air support and to destroy the advancing terrorists .

  • gustavo

    Again ineptitude of the sirian soldiers and generals ?, and how about russian satellites, drons, night vision lens, and precision weapons ? where are they ?

    • PZIVJ1943

      ISUS like a surprise attack in bad weather. They have dome it many times. The situation will soon be restored via airstrikes

  • gfsdyughjgd .

    All this shot is happening while Lavrov is pleasing Kerry and Nato.Was Russia invited by Kerry and Lavrov or was Russia invited by Syrian government.Obama and Nato has given manpads and again release weapons shipments to the rapist moderate terrorist.No let it be fire to fire cancel all the meetings with enemy of Syria which is NATO.

  • Ronald

    Allowing civilians out of a combat area , is always good , makes the job easier !