The Syrian truce has made it possible to concentrate all forces on a common enemy, and to negotiate to solve the Syrian conflict. This had not happened before, and the first signs of progress on both fronts are visible. The liberation of Palmyra is significant in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It should be acknowledged that this breakthrough was due to the Syrian Arab Army with Iranian and Russian backing.
It was clear from the start of the US-led coalition operation that fighting ISIS only from the air would be impossible, and that Syrian rebels could never become a reliable force against the group. Their main goal is to topple President Bashar al-Assad. Their fight with ISIS has mostly been a limited fight for survival.
ISIS, which once seemed unstoppable, now appears much weaker, and Palmyra represents an opportunity to unite all players to finish off the group on the ground once and for all.Maria Dubovikova