Massive build-up of Hezbollah, Syrian Army soldiers in Palmyra
10 June, 2017
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 P.M.) – A large amount of reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah have poured into the Palmyra countryside, recently, to aid in the ongoing operations to lift the siege on the Deir Ezzor Governorate.
According to Al-Masdar’s Ibrahim Joudeh, thousands of soldiers have arrived in the Palmyra countryside for the Deir Ezzor offensive, making this one of the largest operations to take place around the country.
While operations have already began to liberate the Arak Gas Fields, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies have not launched their main assault, which will consist of their forces attacking the key town of Sukhnah.
Sukhnah is strategically located along the main highway to the Deir Ezzor Governorate; it is also the Islamic State’s (ISIL) most important stronghold in central Syria because of its numerous gas and oil fields.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has raised the flag over an Iraqi border-crossing for the first time since retreating from this area in the Spring 2015.
Following an agreement between the US and Russian forces, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies from Hezbollah and the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) were given the green light to take control of Al-Boudah village, which is located northeast of the Al-Tanf Crossing.
With Al-Boudah seied, the Syrian Arab Army was able to assert control over the border-crossing northeast of Tanf; this resulted in obstruction of US-backed backed forces from the Deir Ezzor Governorate.
While the US claims they are training rebel forces to fight ISIL in southern Syria, they are no longer in position to do so, given the fact they are surrounded by the Syrian Arab Army and their allies.