The Syrian Arab Army’s elite special operations unit known as the “Tiger Forces” have been redeployed from the Palmyra (Tadmur) countryside to east Aleppo, where they will continue the important offensive to clear the Al-Bab Plateau and the Deir Hafer Plains of the remaining terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
While this news is uplifting; it also reveals the change in priorities for the Syrian Arab Army’s High Command.
The primary objective after the liberation of Palmyra was to retake the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway; however, the redeployment of the Tiger Forces to east Aleppo will complicate things because it just leaves Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) as the only offensive force in the Palmyra countryside.
The Tiger Forces’ objective in east Aleppo is still not clear: will they attack Al-Bab or Deir Hafer?
All signs seem to point towards Al-Bab as the next military objective for the Tiger Forces; and in reality, this might be equally as important as taking the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway because of the terrorist group’s need to resupply Al-Raqqa.