Tuesday, 2 June 2015

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By Stijn Mitzer

Hulayhilah, located in between Tadmur and al-Sukhna, was captured on the 13th of May 2015 by the Islamic State (IS). The industrial town of Hulayhilah served as a support facility for the gasfields and pipelines located throughout Central Syria, and acted as their administrative and industrial heart. After the fall of al-Sukhna in October 2013, Hulayhilah became a stronghold for government forces, which launched a successful counter-attack from here while supported by artillery then recently moved to Hulayhilah.

Monday, 1 June 2015

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By Stijn Mitzer

Images from the recently captured Tadmur airbase reveal some of the spoils of war gained by the Islamic State during their spring offensive, which led to the capture of a number of strategically located towns and gasfields in Central Syria. Tadmur (Palmyra) itself was captured on the 20th of May 2015, opening the path for the fighters of the Islamic State to further push into regime-controlled ground, threatening major cities, T4 airbase and the last remaining gas fields under control of the regime.