By Leith Fadel
Source: Al-Masdar News
At approximately 11:45 P.M. (Damascus Time) on Tuesday night, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – backed by Hezbollah, the Desert Hawks Brigade, Liwaa Imam ‘Ali (Iraqi paramilitary), and the Syrian Marines – imposed full control over the Palmyra (Tadmur) Triangle after advancing east from Jabal Hiyyal. According to a battlefield correspondent embedded in the Palmyra countryside, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies liberated this strategic area after a fierce battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham tonight. The source added that the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies suffered minimal casualties, while the ISIS terrorists lost an estimated 20-30 combatants before their positions were overran by the government forces.

With the Palmyra Triangle under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces are now within striking distance of Palmyra; this is also the closest that the government forces have been to this city since their complete withdrawal on May 21st, 2015. Meanwhile, north of the Palmyra Triangle, the Tiger Forces and Desert Hawks are pressing ISIS’ defenses at Jabal Al-Tar; they are reportedly close to capturing this important mountaintop in western Palmyra.