Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
27th March, 2016
The field commander of the Syrian “Desert Falcons” army brigade, in an interview with RT, commented on the joint government army operation for the liberation of the ancient city of Palmyra from the terrorists. He expressed gratitude to Vladimir Putin on behalf of the Syrian people and noted that while other countries have supported the terrorists, Russia assisted the residents and the army of Syria against the “Islamic State”.
“Everything happened in several stages. Our army was able to surround and return Palmyra. The main difficulty was that the terrorists had left a lot of mines on the roads,” he said. According to him, they have managed to clear some roads, but the work is still ongoing. He also emphasized that this victory would not have been possible without the support of Russia and President Vladimir Putin.
“For this victory we thank President Putin, who helped our country and our army, unlike other countries that supported terrorists. We say a big thank you on behalf of our government and people, we respect and love the Russian people,” said the field commander. The international lawyer Franklin Lamb thinks that the Syrian army and its allies will continue to move towards the city of Raqqa to fight the terrorists who fled there.
As a reminder, this morning the Syrian army and “Desert Falcons” recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from the fighters of the “Islamic State”, which was under their control for almost a year.
According to recent reports, the bomb squad of the Syrian Army has already begun to sweep the surviving buildings. Presumably, focal weak resistance from the terrorists continues in the area of the airfield, but the army and militias are in full control of the city.
The ancient ruins of Palmyra are one of the six world heritage sites of UNESCO in Syria. After the city was captured, its many monuments were under the threat of destruction. In particular, terrorists from ISIS destroyed the Balsamina and Bel temples. The extremists also blew up funeral columns and the triumphal arch, which was a symbol of Palmyra.