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From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter and as reported the situation in Palmyra in an agitated state of flux, a see-saw battle with attack, counter-attack and counter-counter-attack all in the cards:
1. "Russian air force, Syrian army repel ISIS recapture of Palmyra"
"Hours after ISIS forces re-took parts of the Syria town of Palmyra, Syrian forces with heavy Russian air backing forced them Sunday to withdraw with heavy casualties. According to the Russian defense ministry, more than 200 ISIS fighters were killed in 64 air strikes. In May last year, ISIS captured several Syrian towns including the UNESCO heritage town of Palmyra and were forced out in March by Syrian forces backed by Russia."
2. "ISIS seizes big Russian-Syrian T-4 air base"
"Islamic State forces pushed their assault forward to retake the central Syrian town of Palmyra Monday, Dec. 12. By evening, they had entered the big Russian-Syrian T-4 air base outside the town, carrying off substantial quantities of Russian armaments . . . the booty they snatched included different types of ground-to-ground missiles as well as anti-tank and anti-air rockets. Russian forces manning the base were hurriedly evacuated from Palmyra and the T-4 base, after the worst defeat Russian armed forces had ever experienced at ISIS hands in Syria. Military circles in Moscow commented grimly that the Russian army had suffered 'a major disgrace' in Palmyra. According to our sources, long convoys of ISIS fighters backed by tanks taken booty from the Syrian army, first forced the Syrian 11th Tank Division to abandon the strategic Jhar Crossroad. After that, the way was clear for the jihadis' column to reach the T-4 base."
THE SYRIAN TROOPS AGAIN JUST BROKE AND RAN! ISIL AS HAS BEEN THE PREVIOUS CASE ABLE TO CAPTURE LARGE QUANTITIES OF MUNITIONS VITAL TO THEIR CONTINUED EXISTENCE AND COMBAT CAPABILITY.
A "MAJOR DISGRACE" INDEED!! THE "SITUATION" TOO IS IN DOUBT!