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Over 20 ISIL Militants Killed in Syrian Army Counter-Attack near Palmyra

The Syrian Armed Forces’ counter-assault to push back the ISIL Takfiri terrorists resulted in the army men’s advance in the South of the Jazal mountains towards the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur), leaving over 20 militants dead and several more wounded, sources said.

The sources said that the Syrian Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division, the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwaa Suqour al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), and a contingent from the Tiger Forces launched a counter-assault at the Jazal Mountains in the nearby areas of the Homs’ Northeastern countryside.

Following a night of fierce firefights, the Syrian Armed Forces continued their push towards the city of Palmyra from their positions in the Jazal Mountains, destroying four armored vehicles that were mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns, and killing of over 20 ISIL militants on Monday morning.

The Jazal front is imperative to the Syrian Armed Forces’ Palmyra offensive due to its proximity to the ancient city; it sits 10km Northwest of al-‘Amariyah – a village located at the Northern axis of Palmyra.

Meanwhile, to the West of Palmyra, the Syrian army continued their assault on the ISIL positions at the Palmyra Driving School and al-Qadri Farms.

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