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Syrian reinforcements prevent ISIS from taking Palmyra airbase

By Rudaw 14/12/2016
Syrian soldiers fighting to retake Palmyra back in March. AP file photo.
Syrian soldiers fighting to retake Palmyra back in March. AP file photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Syrian Army reinforcements arrived outside Palmyra to stop ISIS taking over a military airfield near the city on Wednesday.

“The first wave of ISIS attacks has been repelled,” a Syrian officer participating in the operation told the Al-Watan newspaper, according to Tass news.

“The enemy has been pushed 7 kilometers east of the airfield. Terrorists’ attempts to block the highway leading to the airbase from Ferkales have failed,” the officer added.

The Tiyas (T4) Airbase is a major airfield in that region that is still under regime control. Its loss to ISIS may make any attempt to recapture Palmyra significantly more difficult.

ISIS militants recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra over the weekend for the first time since losing it to a Russian-backed Syrian military offensive in March. Its fall coincided with the defeat of Syrian rebels in the country’s second-city, Aleppo.

Back in August 2014 ISIS forced Syrian regime forces out of the entirety of the province of Raqqa after laying siege to their major al-Tabqa airbase there for nearly a month.

Comments

 
Dutchman | 14/12/2016
Putin and Assad destroyed cities with bombers and artillary, but their results against IS are zero, nothing at all. So I have one questions for all of those Russian trolls that are payed by Putin to spread desinformation: can you mention just one good thing that Putin and Assad ever did for mankind?
Dutchman | 14/12/2016
This "Palmyra airbase" is situated 60km West of Palmyra, about halfway Homs. Putin and Assad killed a few hundred thousand civilians, but these war criminals have achieved nothing at all against IS.
Anonymous | 15/12/2016
To the people who are accusing Russia and Assad what has the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and others done to stop ISIS? Absolutely nothing. You are in denial about the truth of what's going on right now in Syria. Assad was the bad guy when this war started but now he looks more like the good guy thanks to your Islamist extremism.
Prophet Isaac | 15/1/2017
Unknown to the world,the prophecy of fire rising from the middle of the earth and spreading to the 4 corners of the earth is about to be fulfilled.World leaders should move with caution and be careful in there involvment in the syrian civil war.God Almighty is great.
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