Closing in on Palmyra: Syrian Army regains strategic highway from IS

Photo: Sputnik/ Mikhail Voskresenskiy


The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces have reportedly managed to regain full control of the strategic Palmyra-Homs highway from ISIS militants in the center of the country, Sputnik News reports.

The strategic Palmyra-Homs highway has been won back by the Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces after fierce fighting with ISIS militants in central Syria, media reports said.

The Syrian forces took control of the highway after capturing the villages of al-Baiyarat and Marhatten in Palmyra’s western countryside late last week, according to the Iranian news agency FARS.

Right now, the Syrian Army and its allies are stationed about four kilometers from the western walls of Palmyra, the closest the government troops forces have been to the gates of this ancient UNESCO-listed city since July 2015, FARS reported.

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