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Daesh mercenary-terrorists enter Palmyra city following violent clashes with the army

(Palmyra, 11 December 2016, late night) ~ Daesh (ISIS,ISIL, IS)  terrorists managed to enter Palmyra city in the eastern countryside of Homs province on Sunday following violent clashes with the Army and Armed Forces.

SANA’s correspondent in Homs said that Army and Armed Forces units defended the city valiantly as the terrorists attacked in large numbers exceeding 4,000 from various directions.

The correspondent quoted local sources as saying that ISIS transported large numbers of terrorists and vehicles to Palmyra from Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, and that they sustained heavy losses during the clashes in which they used many vehicles including ones rigged with large amounts of explosives.

Earlier, a military source said that Syrian Army and Armed Forces units clashed with ISIS terrorist groups that attacked military posts in the surroundings of Palmyra, and that the terrorists attacked in large numbers and from different directions, describing the clashes as “fierce.”

SANA’s correspondent had said that the Syrian Air Force carried out several sorties around Palmyra city, inflicting heavy losses upon ISIS members, and that army units repelled an ISIS attack in the surroundings of Palmyra, noting that the clashes are still ongoing at the site.

Other clashes broke out with ISIS terrorists who launched an assault from different directions towards the silos area, 10 km east of Palmyra, the reporter said.

Other ISIS attacks were launched against the Industrial City and Tallet al-Ameriyeh (hill) in the countryside of Palmyra as the terrorists tried to control the hill.

Earlier today, the army units confronted an ISIS attack in the surroundings of al-Tar Mountain and al-Ameriyeh town to the northeast of Palmyra, leaving tens of terrorists dead and destroying a tank and four vehicles equipped with machine guns.


4,000 Daesh fighters regroup, make new attempt to capture Palmyra

(Russia Today) ~ Over 4,000 Islamic State (Daesh, IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists, reinforced by tanks, have started an offensive to retake the key Syrian city of Palmyra after regrouping themselves, the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria says.

According to the Russian military, the terrorists have received considerable reinforcement, including heavy military hardware from the regions of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor.

“IS has dispatched a considerable force to Palmyra from the area of Raqqa, where militants, backed by the US and the international coalition ceased combat action against the terrorists this week,” the statement by the Russian military says.

The Reconciliation Center notes that the Syrian Army is engaged in fighting the jihadists.

“Despite heavy losses in manpower and [military] hardware, the terrorists seek to come as close as possible and gain a foothold in the city, as the Russian Air Force is not conducting airstrikes against residential areas in the city of Palmyra,” the statement reads.

Palmyra was seized by IS in 2015, however in March this year Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air support, managed to liberate the city.

Overnight Saturday, the Syrian Army, backed by Russian air strikes, managed to repel several attacks on Palmyra, killing up to 300 jihadists, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Also on Saturday, terrorists reportedly entered some of Palmyra’s districts forcing the Syrian troops to withdraw from some of their positions. According to AP, citing the activist-run Palmyra Coordination network, jihadists gained footholds in the northern and northwestern districts of Palmyra.

According to the Russian Center for Reconciliation, the terrorists are receiving support from jihadists coming from Iraq.

“Earlier [Russian] intelligence spotted a transfer of up to 5,000 IS-militants to the areas of Raqqa and Deyr ez Zor from Mosul, Iraq,” the statement says.

In October, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that terrorists “could flee from Mosul and go to Syria.”

Meanwhile, IS has claimed through its news agency Amaq, that the jihadists seized the city. In particular they claimed IS has control of the ancient castle in Palmyra, which overlooks the city.

In an interview with RT, award-winning British journalist Martin Jay alleged that some of the fighters now attacking Palmyra might indeed have come from Iraq.

“Mosul in the early months of [the] campaign was quite open and there were many so-called ratlines, those were corridors for ISIS fighters to leave the city. I think in the first few weeks of the campaign when it was first announced by Prime Minister Abadi in Iraq, many fighters fled and moved to different areas across the border in Syria,” Jay said.

He noted that the fresh battle for Palmyra could take “quite some time” and in fact become a “prolonged” one. To prevent Russian aircraft from helping Syrian government forces, terrorists might also go deep into residential areas and take people there hostage. using them as shields.

“That’s the tactic that worked for them from the very early days, you know, use civilians as buffers against air strikes.” Jay also noted that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) might use the attack on Palmyra [listed as UNESCO heritage] as a PR tool since “the world cares a great deal [more] about Palmyra than it probably does about Aleppo, and ISIS knows this.”

“So, with a relatively simple infrastructure, few cameras and a few activists tweeting, it [ISIS] can get maximum PR effect by destroying Palmyra and that’s what is happening, that’s why it is significantly important,” the British journalist concluded.


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Fierce clashes ongoing around Palmyra, several Daesh attacks repelled

(Palmyra, 11 December 2016, afternoon) ~ Units of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces clashed with Daesh (ISIS,ISIL, IS) terrorist groups that attacked military posts in the surroundings of Tadmur (Palmyra) city in the eastern countryside of Homs province.

A military source said the terrorists attacked in large numbers and from different directions, describing the clashes as “fierce”.

In the meantime, SANA reporter said the Syrian Air Force carried out several sorties around Palmyra city, inflicting heavy losses upon ISIS members.

The reporter went on saying that the army units repelled an ISIS attack in the surroundings of Palmyra, noting that the clashes are still ongoing at the site.

Other clashes broke out with ISIS terrorists who launched an assault from different directions towards the silos area, 10 km east of Palmyra, the reporter said.

Other ISIS attacks were launched against the Industrial City and Tallet al-Ameriyeh (hill) in the countryside of Palmyra as the terrorists tried to control the hill.

Earlier today, the army units confronted an ISIS attack in the surroundings of al-Tar Mountain and al-Ameriyeh town to the northeast of Palmyra, leaving tens of terrorists dead and destroying a tank and four vehicles equipped with machine guns.


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Some 80% of Palmyra Residents Evacuated, Rest Still in Danger [Homs Governor]

(Sputnik, 11 December 2016, 23:55) ~ Syrian government forces managed to evacuate some 80 percent of Palmyra population, the fate of the rest is cause for concerns, Homs Governor Talal Barazi announced.

“Some 80 percent of Palmyra residents have been evacuated, we are concerned with the fate of those who are remaining there,” Barazi said in a statement on Sunday.

Barazi noted that the Syrian army with allies is regrouping promptly, suggesting that control over Palmyra could be reestablished in the near future.

On Saturday, Daesh reportedly reentered the ancient city, although the Russian Defense Ministry said fighting was underway in Palmyra’s outskirts.The terrorists were driven back by Russia’s Aersopace Forces. The Russian Defense Ministry’s reconciliation center said it was not targeting residential areas.

On Sunday, local sources reported that the Syrian army was still fighting Daesh in city suburbs after residents had been evacuated.

According to the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation, more than 4,000 Daesh militants have regrouped and attempted to reclaim Palmyra.


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Syrian Army Trying to Regain Control of Daesh-Attacked Palmyra [Homs Governor]

(Sputnik, 11 December 2016, 18:08) ~ The Syrian Army has moved to the suburbs of Palmyra and is fighting Daesh, the governor of the Homs Province said on Sunday.

“The Syrian Army is maintaining stiff resistance and is inflicting losses on Daesh gangs,” Governor Talal Barazi said on al-Ikhbariyah TV.

The decision was made in light of the enemy’s “superior forces”.

He noted that Daesh was attacking Palmyra on several directions.

A source has earlier told RIA Novosti Palmyra residents had been evacuated and the Army was fighting against the jihadists in the city suburbs.

Earlier on Sunday, Russia’s center for Syrian reconciliation reported that Daesh managed to move considerable forces from Raqqa to Palmyra after the US-backed offensive of Arab and Kurdish rebels was stalled. More forces and equipment were relocated from the vicinity of Deir ez-Zor.

“Over 4,000 Daesh terrorists have regrouped <…> to capture Palmyra,” the center’s statement said.

Terrorists launched their previous attack on the city on Saturday. Their offensive was thwarted by the actions of the government forces supported by Russian warplanes.

Despite the defeat, the terrorists were again trying to attack the city from the northern, eastern and southern sides. Their perceived goal is to capture al-Amiriyah town northeast of Palmyra and a nearby industrial area, Syria’s SANA news agency said.

Over the recent months, Daesh has several times tried to oust the government troops from their defense lines. Having amassed considerable forces to the west of Palmyra, the jihadist group sought to seize two oil and gas fields, but all of their attempts have been foiled. The terrorists intensified their attacks on the ancient city over the last week and managed to capture several high grounds in proximity to Palmyra.

The Syrian Arab Army, backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, liberated Palmyra in March, 2016, nearly a year after it was captured by Daesh, which is outlawed in Russia, in May 2015. During the invasion, the militants destroyed a number of ancient objects, including necropolis, the Arch of Triumph, as well as the temples of Baal Shamin and Bel.

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Syrian Arab News Agency by H. Said and Hazem Sabbagh
Sputnik News and Russia Today Reports
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