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Syrian Army on the verge of retaking Palmyra watch

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    The Syrian Army is reporting that they are hours away from retaking Palmyra from Islamic State.

    http://isis.liveuamap.com/en/2016/23...a-within-hours

    I just hope they assault the city along the Western corridor rather than coming from the Southwest through the old city's Sanctuary of Bel (click the icon below to see map)

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    By the way, the LiveuaMap link I posted seems to default back to the Syrian conflict view rather than the ISIS view. If you're interested in live information on the ISIS conflict with battlemaps and geolocated news updates, then this link is a good one

    http://isis.liveuamap.com/

    There seem to be less updates as of late, but it could also be because there is simply less ISIS activity
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    Ahh, a good graphic with an update on last week's progress in the air campaign

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    That is some good news.
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    (Original post by ODES_PDES)
    That is some good news.
    Indeed. To the extent that ISIS has attempted any offensives recently, they seem to run out of steam very quickly in the face of withering Western airstrikes. Even with that in mind, ISIS offensives seem quite half-hearted and they are, for the most part, fighting defensively and to hold on to what they have.

    I think that by the end of the year they will probably be imploding and mostly reverting back to an insurgency/terrorism model rather than their hybrid conventional-assymetric warfare and statehood strategy
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    Well it appears the Syrian army has made progress, apparently entering Palmyra...

    ”...State media showed warplanes flying overhead, helicopters firing missiles, and soldiers and armoured vehicles approaching Palmyra.

    The UK-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said forces advanced into the hotel district and reached the start of a residential area but were moving slowly because of mines planted by IS, AFP news agency reported.

    Regime forces were also making incursions from the northern part of the city, the agency added."
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-35888723
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    The quicker we end this war the better. ISIS are not Muslim, we must remember this. It has been proven that the west fund the group and the group is indeed made up of western informants
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    Who will save people from being butchered by Assad?

    ISIS being defeated and then Syria becoming stable under Assad is not really much of a win.
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    The usual overexcited predictions of "we'll take it in hours" obviously haven't come true, but it looks like the government is making progress. Let's hope the government can take it without doing too much damage to what's left.

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    For anyone who's interested,

    http://www.agathocledesyracuse.com/w...March-2016.jpg

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CeT0IuUWQAAPrNB.jpg:large (from a twitter user called PetoLucem who makes all sorts of maps)

    Government video (clean video, no dead bodies or anything like that)

    Another clean video, shows government forces in the Palmyra area

    (Original post by Arsenal96123)
    It has been proven that the west fund the group and the group is indeed made up of western informants
    No.
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    (Original post by ChaoticButterfly)
    Who will save people from being butchered by Assad?

    ISIS being defeated and then Syria becoming stable under Assad is not really much of a win.
    Don't be so pathetic, would you have cried like a pussy when the Red Army smashed Seelow and marched on Berlin? This is justice.
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    Long live Assad and the Syrian people, besieged by the scourge of Islamic terrorism.

    (Original post by Arsenal96123)
    It has been proven that the west fund the group and the group is indeed made up of western informants
    Source?
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    (Original post by Slutty Salati)
    Don't be so pathetic, would you have cried like a pussy when the Red Army smashed Seelow and marched on Berlin? This is justice.
    Assad and his army and the Red Army are different. The Reds were communist terrorists from their insurrection to their death. They've stained European history forever and if it weren't for the German defence, then the Soviets may have taken Western European, and maybe the whole world after that. 1984 would have been a living reality.

    Assad and his army are fighting to keep Syria alive.
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    (Original post by SirMilkSheikh)
    Assad and his army and the Red Army are different. The Reds were communist terrorists from their insurrection to their death. They've stained European history forever and if it weren't for the German defence, then the Soviets may have taken Western European, and maybe the whole world after that. 1984 would have been a living reality.

    Assad and his army are fighting to keep Syria alive.
    I don't see why people on the far-right hate the Soviet Union so much.


    They were racist, not quite on a level to which the Nazis were, but racist nonetheless, they restricted immigration, they hardened their men like nothing compared with the West and their legacy has created a nation which will survive unlike the decadent capitalist powers which are rotting and pathetic.
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    (Original post by Slutty Salati)
    I don't see why people on the far-right hate the Soviet Union so much.


    They were racist, not quite on a level to which the Nazis were, but racist nonetheless, they restricted immigration, they hardened their men like nothing compared with the West and their legacy has created a nation which will survive unlike the decadent capitalist powers which are rotting and pathetic.
    There are lots of good reasons why the Soviets receive hate. Their empire was based on a utopian ideology which required force to maintain, censorship to give an illusion of a utopian society, and a religious zeal of expanding and conquering. Their crimes include the sack and rape of Berlin, Holdomor, Stalin's purge and the ethnic cleansing of ethnic Germans in occupied Soviet territories. The Soviets saw it as duty to spread their ideology to the rest of the world. Today Russia and Eastern Europe are hardened countries because of the hardship they've had to endure, not because the Soviets had anything good to offer. Communism is dead, which goes to show the legacy that has remained from that former experiment in which a man was destined to forever be a serf, working a lifetime and never being rewarded for his talent and innovation. Thats true hell on Earth.

    But I agree, the West is completely cucked today.
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    Government forces have captured the Palmyra citadel from ISIS.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-35898995

    http://news.sky.com/story/1666879/sy...tadel-state-tv
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    (Original post by RF_PineMarten)
    Government forces have captured the Palmyra citadel from ISIS.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-35898995

    http://news.sky.com/story/1666879/sy...tadel-state-tv
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    The Syrian army has made further progress, apparently pushing into parts of the town, including the Amiriya district.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-35903375

    Map of the situation a few hours ago, showing the capture of Amiriya (north side of the town):
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ced7--aWQAA47Hl.jpg
 
 
 
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