The Syrian Army announced today that intense battles are taking place near the historic Syrian city of Palmyra. It was reported that ISIS has taken control of areas just north of the city. According to the rebel forces, the Syrian Army has removed soldiers from Aleppo in order to fight ISIS near Palmyra.

Syrian Army forces in Palmyra

Syrian Army forces in Palmyra Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

After it was reported yesterday that the Syrian Army has gain control over 93% of Aleppo, Bashar al-Assad’s forces announced that an additional front has been opened today (Saturday). The Syrian Army announced this morning that it has sent extra forces to Palmyra because ISIS terrorists have started advancing toward the city.

Palmyra has been under the control of the Syrian Army ever since ISIS was expelled from the city earlier this year. However, Assad’s forces reported that intense battles are now taking place on the outskirts of the city. According to reports, ISIS has already taken control of several areas just north of the city.

A senior-level official within the rebel forces stated that the renewed battles near the historic Syrian city have caused the Syrian Army to transfer forces that were fighting in Aleppo to Palmyra. However, the Syrian Army has yet to confirm the report. So far, dozens of Syrian soldiers have been killed in the renewed battles near Palmyra and the murderous terrorist organization has gained control over the gas and oil fields near the city.

Yesterday, JOL reported that over 10,000 people have fled Aleppo in the past 24 hours after Russian and Syrian aircraft renewed their airstrikes on the city. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that his country will send 200 additional soldiers to Syria in order to aid the forces battling ISIS in Raqqa.

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