Russia is Always One Step Ahead in Syria: Here is Why
A military source has confirmed to Sputnik that Russian Aerospace Forces have eliminated approximately 120 Daesh militants who were attempting to flee Raqqa in the direction of Palmyra through a corridor opened by the Syrian Kurds. Russian military analyst Alexander Perendzhiev said that Russia has taken into account all of its previous mistakes.
"Upon receiving this information, the command of the Russian contingent in Syria has taken measures to prevent the exodus of Daesh terrorists in the southern direction," the source said.
The military source added that Russian intelligence drones have set up a perimeter around the city to monitor possible terrorist escape routes, with combat aircraft and special forces units engaged in preventing militants' escape.
"Any attempts by Daesh militants to move toward Palmyra and to build up their forces there will be squashed," the source said.
On Friday, the aerial support of the Russian Air Forces helped the Syrian army to recapture the main road between the capital Damascus and Palmyra, for the first time since 2014. The highway has been completely cleared of terrorists.
Meanwhile, the Kurdish-led SDF are being supported by the US. Reports suggest that on May 15 and 20, approximately 100 trucks crossed into Syria from northern Iraq using the Simelka border gate.
The convoys, which included armored vehicles, fuel tankers, heavy duty machines and containers loaded with arms and ammunition, first moved to Hassakah in northeastern Syria, then headed towards the Raqqa direction.
According to Turkish Daily Sabah, the group has obtained "US-made multiple rocket launcher pads, 80 and 120 millimeter mortars, MK19 grenade launchers, M4 Carbine and M16 infantry rifles, Humvee armored vehicles, Cougar armored personnel carriers and FGM-148 anti-tank missiles, which the U.S. refuses to supply to its NATO-ally Turkey despite repeated requests."