Syrian Front: Celebrating the Liberation of Palmyra

Syrian Front: Syrian Army Drives Da’esh Towards the Northern Part of Palmyra
Syrian Front: Palmyra Castle Captured by Syrian Army
Syrian Front: Russian Airforce Launched 146 Airstrikes on Da’esh Targets Near Palmyra City
Syrian Front: Palmyra Triangle Under Syrian Army Control

Russian President congratulates President al-Assad on Palmyra recapture from terrorists
27 March، 2016
Damascus, SANA

President Bashar al-Assad received a phone call from the Russian President Vladimir Putin who congratulated him on recapturing Palmyra city from terrorists.

President al-Assad affirmed that the Syrian army’s determination, coupled with the effective support of the Russian air force, have yielded this great achievement for Syria and humanity.

“Palmyra had been reduced to ruins several times throughout history…As it was previously restored, so it will be restored again so as to remain a cultural heritage and treasure for the entire world,” President al-Assad added.

President Putin, for his part, affirmed that the Russian army will continue to support Syria against terrorism.

The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces announced in a statement earlier in the day that security and stability were restored to the ancient city of Palmyra following a series of “precise and effective” military operations that were carried out by the army units with the help of the popular defense groups, being backed by the Syrian and Russian Air Forces.


Report of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (March 27, 2016)

General information on the application of measures for the reconciliation of opposing sides
In the course of last 24 hours, representatives of the Russian Centre for reconciliation have held working sessions with leaders of two political parties. The sides discussed actual problems of ceasefire and ways of their solution.
Preliminary truce agreements with representatives of an inhabited locality in the Damascus province have been achieved
The total number of settlements, the leaders of which have signed reconciliation agreements, has remained 51.
Negotiations with field commanders of two armed formations active in the Hama province have been continued. The parties discussed issues of joining ceasefire regime.
The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has remained 43.

Results of ceasefire monitoring
In general, the ceasefire regime in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic has been observed. In the course of last 24 hours, 10 ceasefire violations have been registered (Aleppo – 4, Latakia – 3, Idlib – 2, Hama – 1).
In Aleppo, armed formations of Ahrar al-Sham grouping, which had claimed to belong to the opposition one, carried out two attacks with multiple launch rocket systems against positions of Kurdish militia detachments in Sheikh Maqsood from Ashrafiya.
In the Aleppo province, mortar shellings have been carried out from Darwish, which had been controlled by Jaysh al-Islam grouping, against Jebel Alam.
In the Latakia province, armed formations of al-Haq brigade opened fire with mortars against Karajabez and Kermel from Shamruran.
Unidentified armed formations carried out mortar shelling against Fua (Idlib province) from Tell Suffan and Binish.
Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Forces did not make strikes on armed formations, which follow ceasefire regime and informed the Russian or American Centres for reconciliation about their location.

Humanitarian aid to the population of Syria
The Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides has held working session with representatives of the Syrian Ministry for National Reconciliation. The parties discussed issues of coordination in providing humanitarian aid to towns and villages, which had joined the ceasefire regime.
Within last 24 hours, citizens of Deir ez-Zor, which had been besieged by terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS, have received 28 tons of humanitarian aid.
In the Kanaya and Arz al-Jaburin (Homs province), civilians have received 2.5 tons of humanitarian aid. Food products were the basis of the humanitarian aid.
Military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces have delivered 60 tons of humanitarian cargos from the Russian Federation to the Hmeymim airbase in order to provide humanitarian aid to the Syria population.
Humanitarian convoys to the Aleppo and Daraa provinces are being formed.

Additional information
Leadership of the Russian Centre for reconciliation (Hmeymim airbase) and the American Coordination Centre (Amman) held another teleconference session. The sides discussed topical issues of providing the ceasefire regime.
In the north-west from Aleppo, activation of combat actions carried out by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists has been registered. Militants of this international terrorist organization performed 8 mortar shellings against Sheikh Maqsood (Aleppo). Four civilians were killed and 19 ones were wounded.
According to the information received from citizens of the Aleppo province, Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist armed formation arrived in Anadan. The 100-man strong formation is equipped with 4 heavy trucks with munitions, and 9 off-roaders with large-caliber machine guns.
In the course of last 24 hours, aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces have performed 40 sorties to Palmyra region engaging 117 military objects of terrorists. The aircraft have eliminated 8 command centres, 12 strong points, more than 80 terrorists, 2 tanks, 3 artillery guns, 8 pieces of automobile hardware, and 6 munition depots.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

The army takes full control of Palmyra city
27 March، 2016
Damascus, SANA

Liberation of Palmyra: Daesh Decimated, Peace Restored, Raqqa in Sight

A military source announced on Sunday that the army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, have established full control over Palmyra city-a UNESCO world heritage site- in the eastern countryside of Homs province.

“Palmyra city is now fully cleared of ISIS terrorists after the army established complete control over all its parts, including the archeological site and the airport,” the source said in a statement to SANA.

The army’s engineering units have immediately embarked on combing the city, finding and dismantling hundreds of bombs and explosive devices planted by ISIS terrorists between the ancient relics, houses and orchards, the source mentioned.

It confirmed that hundreds of terrorists were killed in the course of the battles that started on March 7th, noting that the remaining terrorists fled eastward deep into al-Badiya (desert).

Sources on the ground estimated the number of ISIS terrorists killed in the battles at 450, pointing out that those included foreign mercenaries who had earlier infiltrated Palmyra city from the directions of Raqqa, Deir Ezzor and the Iraqi borders.

The military source went on saying that the army units and the popular defense groups have hunted down ISIS terrorists on the outskirts of Palmyra city and the surrounding orchards, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

The source added that the Syrian and Russian Air Forces carried out sorties targeting the remaining ISIS terrorists on the axes of Palmyra/al-Sukhneh, Palmyra/al-Mahatta al-Thaletha, Palmyra /Tweinan and al-Rasafa/al-Tabaqa.

Tens of vehicles, including armored ones, were destroyed in the airstrikes, which also left dozens of the fleeing terrorists dead or wounded, according to the source.

Later, Army units established control over points 850 and 849 in the direction of al- Hazem al-Thani and Point 876 in the direction of al-Rmeileh Mountain to the north west of al-Qariyatain in the south eastern countryside of Homs, according to a military source.

The source added that engineering units dismantled a number of explosive devices which ISIS terrorists planted earlier in the area.

Another army unit foiled an infiltration attempt by ISIS terrorists in the direction of Tolol Nizami in the area surrounding Shaer Field in the eastern countryside of Homs, killing many terrorists, injuring many others and destroying their weapons and ammunition.

Army Command praises Palmyra victory, stresses Syrian army is the only force capable of eradicating terrorism
27 March، 2016
Damascus, SANA

The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces confirmed Sunday that Palmyra city and the mountains and hills overlooking it have now been under the army’s full control.

Security and stability were restored to Palmyra following a series of “precise and effective” military operations that were carried out by the army units with the help of the popular defense groups, being backed by the Syrian and Russian Air Forces, the Army Command said in a statement.

ISIS terrorist organization “has been dealt quite a severe blow” with Palmyra getting in the army’s hands, said the Army Command, adding that this achievement has the effect of hitting hard ISIS terrorists’ morale and pressing the start button of the organization’s collapse and defeat.

This achievement proves that “our brave army, aided by the friends, is the only effective force capable of fighting terrorism and eradicating it,” the statement said.

The Army Command clarified that the importance of today’s achievement stems from the significant strategic location of Palmyra city being a major link connecting the central, southern, eastern and northern areas, and from the historical and tourist status of the city as it stands witness to one of the most ancient human civilizations ever.

With Palmyra city under control, military operations against ISIS will expand starting from this springboard towards various axes and directions, on top being Deir Ezzor and Raqqa, especially that this victory helps in further tightening the noose around ISIS terrorists and cutting off their supply routes in the areas under their control until having these areas fully restored, the statement explained.

The statement made it clear that the army, together with the popular defense groups and the Russian and Syrian Air Forces, will go ahead with military operations against ISIS and Jabhat al- Nusra and other terrorist organizations.

Emergency plan set to rehabilitate Palmyra
27 March، 2016
Damascus, SANA

“Re-constructing some vandalized ruins is possible despite the ultimate losses that are archeologically irredeemable in terms of genuineness” (REPORT)

Primary ideations for a rehabilitation plan to restore glory of Palmyra have been set up after the archeological city was cleared of terrorists by the Army, the Director General of Antiquities and Museums Directorate (DGAM) said on Sunday.

“Re-constructing some vandalized ruins is possible in spite of “the ultimate losses that are archeologically irredeemable in terms of genuineness,” DGAM Director-General Maamoun Abdul –Karim added.

The Syrian Army has retaken the archeological city of Palmyra- a UNESCO world Heritage site- and eliminated ISIS terrorists’ posts after they had perpetrated acts of vandalism to many prominent sites in the desert city.

Experts will estimate the volume of damage on a field visit in the upcoming days for making emergency works and setting up strategies for rehabilitating monuments such as Palmyra Castle and re-building the temples of Baalshamin and Bel, the Arch of Triumph and the funerary towers, which were demolished by ISIS terrorists last year.

“The general and known viewpoint prefers not to re-build antiquities but in the case of Palmyra it is different …We seek to restore the devastated temples in a way that preserves its historical identity depending on the original stones remaining in the site or bringing new identical ones from he city’s quarry,” Abdul-Karim said.

“A unique symbolism is now added to the world-famous historical city after having defied terrorism,” DGAM Director-General said in reference to Palmyra’s newly acquired terror-challenging symbol, clarifying that rehabilitating works will be carried out with the aim of having these antiquities witnesses to the terror atrocities.

DGAM has a qualified staff of construction engineers and archeologists of high scientific competence and good experience in the archeological restoration and the rehabilitation of archeological buildings after events such as war and catastrophes.

DGAM will carry out works of rehabilitation and restoration in cooperation with local and international partners from the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).

“It is worth mentioning,” Abdul-Karim said, “that 70 years ago, DGAM carried out rehabilitation works under the supervision of Archeologist Khaled al-Asaad, an iconic figure from the ancient city who was decapitated by ISIS terrorists last year.”

On 19 of April, a monument of Palmyra Arch of Triumph will be put in London Square. The six-meter high monument- weighing 12 tons – has been designed by the Institute of Digital Archeology at Oxford University in coordination with the DGAM and it is to tour several world cities including New York before it is finally placed in Syria.

Abdel-karim pointed out that the DGAM rehabilitated numerous archaeological sites after the Syrian Arab Army restored security and stability to the areas containing them, such as Krak des Chevaliers, not to mention restoration work implemented in Ma’aloula and the Old City in Homs.

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Palmyra Liberation: Syrian Army Officer Reveals Details of Operation
Desert Falcons militia burn a Daesh flag taken down from the citadel of Palmyra taken over from the terrorists.
Earlier today the Syrian Army together with the Desert Falcons fully liberated the ancient city of Palmyra from Daesh militants. A Syrian field commander told RT the details of the operation.

Sputnik-Middle East

“Preparations for the liberation of Palmyra were made for a little over than a month. The Syrian Army was re-grouping its soldiers. The army made communications with the Syrian Air Force and especially with the Russian Air Force. Tanks and other military vehicles were brought to Palmyra together with Syrian troops and their allies,” the military said.

The Syrian army confirmed Sunday that it had liberated the historic city of Palmyra from Daesh terrorist group with support of national aviation and Russian Aerospace Forces.

According to the Syrian officer, the main task was to take control of Palmyra heights.

“Last night, we managed to take control of Palmyra’s ancient fortress. Then we prepared to take over the city. Daesh terrorists blew up a bridge that leads to the fortress. That’s why our infantry had to enter the city from the north side under the cover of artillery fire and tanks to eventually liberate these areas,” the officer told RT.

During the Palmyra assault, Russian attack helicopters and reconnaissance assets played a major role.

“Russia’s engagement was very important and played one of the key roles in liberating Palmyra. Russian aviation, particularly attack helicopters, destroyed terrorists’ ambushes at the heights around Palmyra. Using Russian intelligence data, we located terrorists and could track them,” General Samir Suleiman told Sputnik.

He underscored that the liberation of Palmyra is a serious blow to terrorists’ logistical and supplying capabilities. According to Suleiman, Palmyra was a supplies hub for the terrorists.

Palmyra, located 210 kilometers away from Damascus, is considered key for advancing to the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria. The town of Palmyra and its historic ruins have been under Daesh control since May 2015. The terrorist group has since destroyed part of the historic sites, which are a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.

Desert Falcons Thank Vladimir Putin for Support in Liberation of Palmyra
Syrian army and militias fight for Palmyra
A field commander of Syria’s Desert Falcons militia forces thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin on behalf of the Syrian people for supporting the country in the fight against terrorism.

Sputnik-Middle East

Earlier on Sunday, the Syrian Army alongside the Desert Falcons forces fully liberated the ancient city of Palmyra from Daesh militants. A field commander of the unit in an interview with RT thanked Russia for another major victory over terrorists.

He also spoke about the operation which ended with the liberation of the ancient city.

“There were several stages in the operation. Our forces surrounded the city and regained control over it. The problem was that terrorists laid a lot of mines on the roads,” the commander said.

According to him, some roads have been cleared of mines, but the work is still underway.

“We thank President Putin for this victory. He has supported our country and our army while other countries are supporting terrorists. On behalf of our government and our people, we thank Russia very much,” he added.

Now, the Syrian Army and its allies are expected to advance on Raqqa, the de-facto capital of the Daesh “caliphate.”

During the Palmyra assault, Russian attack helicopters and reconnaissance assets played major role, Gen. Samir Suleiman told Sputnik.

“Russia’s engagement was very important and played one of the key roles in liberating Palmyra. The Russian aviation, particularly attack helicopters, destroyed terrorists’ ambushes at the heights around Palmyra. Using Russian intelligence data, we located terrorists and could track them,” the general said.

He underscored that the liberation of Palmyra is a serious blow to terrorists’ logistic and supplying capabilities. According to Suleiman, Palmyra was a supplies hub for the terrorists.