Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Liberating Palmyra

Liberating Palmyra

by Stephen Lendman

The ancient Syrian city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, seized by US-supported ISIS terrorists in May 2015.

It was liberated last March, retaken by thousands of ISIS fighters in December.

Government forces are close to freeing the city again, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), saying its military “establish(ed) control over the Palmyra Triangle area in Homs province…on the western outskirts of Palmyra city after” routing ISIS fighters.

Government and allied forces “established full control over Hayal Mountain and all the hills overlooking al-Qossour area in Tadmur (Palmyra) city.”

A palace complex to the city’s southwest was cleared of ISIS fighters. Government and allied forces are within firing range of the city. Earlier on Wednesday, they gained control over a strategic traffic interchange at its southern entrance.

Backed by Russian airstrikes, steady advances are being made to free the area entirely from the scourge of ISIS terrorists. Weeks of heavy fighting are heading toward a successful conclusion.

ISIS is being beatened in multiple locations, losing scores, maybe hundreds of fighters. They’re on the defensive, heavily battered by aerial and ground operations.

The struggle to liberate Syria entirely from America’s imperial scourge has a long way to go.

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