03:55 GMT +330 March 2017
    A Syrian national flag flutters as the ruins of the historic city of Palmyra are seen in the background, in Homs Governorate, Syria April 1, 2016.

    This is How Daesh Militants Manage to 'Secretly' Crawl Up to Palmyra

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    Daesh terrorists have managed to enter the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra because they used so-called "cloud tactic" to secretly move in small groups, said Alexander Perendzhiev, a political and military analyst and lecturer at the Plekhanov Russia University of Economics.

    Earlier, a source told RIA Novosti that Palmyra residents were evacuated and the Syrian Army was engaged in fierce clashes with Daesh militants at the outskirts of the city.

    According to the Russia reconciliation center in Syria, over 4,000 militants have been engaged in an attempt to take control over Palmyra.

    "Syrian terrorists use a very sophisticated tactic of moving in small groups, so-called 'cloud tactic.' Disguised as Bedouins, locals or even personnel of the Syrian Army, they arrive from different directions and concentrate in one unremarkable location. As a result, a powerful militant force suddenly forms in one place," Perendzhiev told RIA Novosti.

    He added that because of their covert movements terrorists have managed to take advantage of the surprise effect at the approach to Palmyra. At the same time, the Syrian Army did not have time and capabilities to protect the city and Syrian forces were forced to protect themselves.

    "This is not the first time the terrorists have applied this tactic, but we still don’t have countermeasures. The Academy of the Russian General Staff has not yet worked out clear and effective ways to counter this tactic. Lots of analytical work is to be done on the issue," the expert pointed out.

    At the same time, Perendzhiev underscored that despite the lack of information about terrorists’ movements, the Syrian Army should have been prepared for a counter-offensive in Palmyra. The reason is the vicinity of oil derricks along the road to Raqqa and the terrorists plan to keep control over them.

    "The next move by the terrorists may be to take control over those oilfields. Crude from there is transported to Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The terrorists and their sponsors do not want to return those oilfields. This is why an offensive was started. Moreover, terrorists received reinforcements, arms supplies and medical assistance," the expert said.

    The Russian reconciliation center reported that militants redeployed forces to Palmyra from Raqqa where last week a United States-led international coalition suspended an offensive against Daesh. In addition, Daesh reinforcements and armored vehicles arrived to the area of Palmyra from Deir ez-Zor.


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      Where are Russia drones? What about Chinese cowards' drone? Can't Assad IOU sone of those and compensated woth oils? Talked a great deal about great drones but in time of need, both china and Russia are quiet!
    • avatar
      pa2...as usual you didn't read the article, read it again it self explanatory and delete your post its dumb.
    • md74
      It seems like isis, al nusra and all the other terrorists are one and the same, but with different names. The west has created, armed and sponsored them all these years. They obey western orders of where and how to attack. That explains why the west is doing all possible NOT to fight them, and actually protect them against annihilation. It's a shamefull fact .
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      There IS such a solution. How no one knows?
      There are two. Well more, but the one that call is the sprocket.
      How it works?
      First you draw a circle around the perimeter. Extremely important.
      Next is entrances. You create FUNNELS..
      Each V of the funnel ends in a check point.
      Each area MUST have checkpoints for this to really work. And THIS is how you funnel them. The rest of the sprocket have at each funnel personnel out and inside each dot. In such a way, that you place personnel at each dot INSIDE the sprocket. You can begin with sand bags.
      They will have to go thru an all out war, to get in. The other is a star. But it depends on entrances allowed. NO ONE will be allow in or out, UNLESS ID at first checkpoint.

      And this is old. Not new. Well the sprocket I never seen. The star I did . The idea is to keep them out and force them to engage the points of the sprocket. It can be spread , just enough that fire from one outer point reach the other point. Then you have more in the end of the V. And when available more in between. There is NO WAY IN.
      Then patrol drones can. Checkpoints should be DOUBLE. AT least.
      Prep a GATE before the first gate. And they MUST come in groups of no more than 3.
      Place them in a room. PAT.. Eventually there be more personnel.
      Soldiers MUST get OFF vehicles, un-armed. NO EXCEPTIONS.
      Then guards can watch the FIRST checkpoint remotely. ANY mess, alarm. They get KILLED inside. .
      The second gate be more strict with ID of soldiers and people locally living. Keep it close.

      Now there is more BULL HORN at west media. Claiming it was Turkey that ended the fight in Aleppo, that Syria resumed bombing Aleppo anyways and that he opposition is trapped or something.
      Oh well. Again the sprocket can be use to surround and contain them inside. And snipe them OUT. Or they can leave with no weapons.
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      The terrorists fell for the Russian bait and fell into the trap.
      They went for the honey and are now grouped in a single area.
      Waiting for more to come in and the slaughter will be quick.
      It will be sweet to hear the screams of dying terrorists.... So very sweet.
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      "...they arrive from different directions and concentrate in one unremarkable location."
      No checkpoints, no ID checks, no firearms interdictions. A territory without management and "the Academy of the Russian General Staff has not yet worked out clear and effective ways to counter this tactic"... What? How about martial law enforcement and heavy policing? Syria is a no-mans-land. Good luck with this joke!
    • avatar
      This is pure rubbish for sheep
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      megargyin reply tocopius(Show commentHide comment)
      copius, wish that was true but it doesn't tally with other news from SAA loyal sources
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      However they are in one place? If so start eliminating them.No alternative !
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      jasin reply tomegargy(Show commentHide comment)
      megargy, I have to agree with you on that. I don't doubt that tactic, but it's not as if the "unremarkable place" can be so close to the city gates. The other article listed improvements to be made in surveillance and logistics.
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      So I have ONE Question I have to ask, we all know that IsIs , Daesh are all working for The US,Israel,UK , Saudi's Qatar,UAE ! When are we supposed to attack such countries who are supporting terrorists and give a pain a real deadly pain, when?
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