Islamic State fighters who took Palmyra may have captured weapons and air defense equipment that could threaten the US-led coalition, its commanding general said, adding he expected Russia and Syria to deal with the “embarrassing” loss.
Several thousand Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters launched an all-out assault on Palmyra – and the nearby modern city of Tadmur – over the weekend, overwhelming the Syrian garrison by Sunday.
Most of the civilian population has been evacuated, according to the governor of Homs Province. However, some of the defenders’ military hardware may have fallen into the terrorists’ hands.
Possibly the stolen equipment includes some armored vehicles and various guns and other heavy weapons, possibly some air defense equipment that can threaten the coalition.