Beirut. - On Thursday, Syrian government troops liberated from the militants "Islamic State" (banned in the Russian organization - a lane comment..), The historic town of Palmyra, in doing so with the support of the Lebanese "Hezbollah", the Russian army and indirectly the US air strikes.
They won the victory after three months after the LIH regained control of the city from sudden attack, which caught the Syrian army by surprise appear.
On Thursday evening, the Syrian army statement was read out on state television that it has full control over Palmyra conducted after the offensive, which resulted in the LIH defense quickly collapsed.
The militants LIH returned to Palmyra in December, and this was their first year and a half offensive. It has raised fears that the jihadists are building up their forces again. Government forces and their allies rather quickly returned to the city under its control, and this indicates that the capture of Palmyra was a temporary aberration and that it happened because of the dispersed nature of the Syrian army, which survives on the support of foreign allies.
The militants are retreating in several areas of its long and rugged front line in Iraq and Syria, including in the Iraqi city of Mosul and in the suburbs of their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa.
The attack on the Palmyra was conducted with the support of the Lebanese Shiite militant "Hezobolly", which in the past five years, provide substantial assistance to President Bashar al-Assad, helping it to retain power. TV Station "Hezbollah» Al-Manar showed how fighting units of the organization are to camp in the desolate mountains around Palmyra, and how they come to town on a rocky desert.
Coming Syrian forces provided air support Russian aircraft, as reported by the media referring to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. The Syrian army said in a statement thanked "friends" for help with the attack, stressing Russia. Starting in 2015, the military intervention, Moscow helped to survive the Assad regime, causing strikes and thereby helping ground forces, among whom were enjoying Iranian support for militias.
The Syrian statement says nothing about the role of the USA, who in recent weeks have also stepped up strikes in the Palmyra area. During the last days of February 10 US military struck 23 impact on combat units LIH in their tanks, warehouses and command posts, as in its daily report said the Central Command. In general, in February the US Air Force struck blows in Palmyra 45.
The US military denied that coordinate their strikes directly with Russia and with the Syrian government. However, before they noticed that strikes at Palmyra with a view to militants LIH could not use the captured weapons and equipment to other locations where they are fighting against the US-backed combat forces.
Over the past two years Palmira four times passed from hand to hand, and each time its historical monuments were subjected to more destruction. Capturing the city for the second time, the militants said they had destroyed more monuments.
It is too early to talk about the scale of past destruction. Photos published by the Russian news agency and diverged widely on social networks show a Syrian soldier standing among the ruins of a Roman amphitheater, where the Russian orchestra last year gave a concert in honor of the victory. Part of the facade collapsed, but an amphitheater largely preserved.