Russian Special Forces help destroy ISIS in Palmyra


Russian Special Forces actively participated in the second liberation of Palmyra from ISIS

… from Southfront

Helicopter new tactics are still being tested on an evolving battlefield

[ Editor’s Note: This is a short and sweet combat report on the 2nd taking of Palmyra. The last sentence is the story. If it is not exaggerated, it shows a combined operations ability now to not let ISIS attack-units retreat in good order with their equipment to a rear fortified line.

ISIS now has 150 less combat vehicles returning to Deir Ezzor that would be able to harass the eastward push going on now. The sweetest revenge for having to take Palmyra back twice would be to chase the jihadis all the way back to Deir Ezzor on the M-20 highway. That would secure that whole area for Syria, as there are no flanking roads for ISIS to attack from.

The Russians can move a logistics helicopter base into Palmyra to have the ability to refuel and rearm quickly, and to attack targets of opportunity when spotted by forward observers. And Syria could crank up the badly needed oil and gas field along M-20.

Russia has some of its new helicopters in Syria, and a Palmyra logistics base would allow them to conduct night support missions to go on the offensive in Deir Ezzor, while the pressure is increasing on Raqqa.

The Kurds are close to cutting the Raqqa-Deir-Ezzor road on the north side of the Euphrates. If they can pontoon themselves over the river, they can block the last remaining road to cut Raqqa off from getting supplies from Saudi Arabia via Deir-Ezzor. That will save lives and shorten the battles to retake these citiesJim W. Dean ]


– First published … March 03,  2017

The Russian Special Operation Forces and the Russian Aerospace Forces have played a key role in the second liberation of Palmyra, according to Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, the chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate.

“The Syrian army’s operation in Palmyra has been a remarkable success. It has been planned and carried out under the guidance of Russian military advisers,” Rudskoy said on Friday, adding that Russia’s Special Forces and Aerospace Forces were instrumental in battering ISIS in the area of Palmyra.

The operation actively involved Russian attack helicopters, including Ka-52 Alligators.

“The city has been completely liberated. Syrian government troops have taken the dominant terrain to the north and south of Palmyra and are advancing eastward,” Rudskoi added.

Syrian combat engineers trained by the Russians are now de-mining the ancient city.

According to Rudskoy, 1,000 ISIS members were killed and wounded, nineteen main battle tanks, 37 armored vehicles, 98 pickups armed with heavy weaponry,and over 100 cars were destroyed.


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  1. Ka 52 Alligator. Looks impressive. 1000 ISIS dead, all those tanks, cars, and trucks useless now. The back door closed. Sounds like an op well done. If the US would get out of the way the job would be much less costly, and over by this fall.

    • The 1000 number was dead and a wounded estimate. I was glad to see they caught the retreating convoy trying to escape the M-20 road east. They were sitting ducks there. Palmyra was a one way trip for most of the jihadis who now will not be around to fight again in the final battles of Deir Ezzor or Raqqa, or in the guerrilla war that will crank up once this stage is over. The lessons learned in this long Syrian War will be instantly applied to an attempted repeat performance. The biggest disappointment in all this is how the state terror sponsors have avoided having the spotlight put on them.

  2. We,Russians, can win every power on the planet. But our problem is that we sometimes don’t know how to use this Winning. We are like kids. Win the battle, calm, trust the justice, then lose the Prize. But we learn. We learn to fight and win by western methods and at the same time to stay good as russian soul is created for. We are kind to everyone…..

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