The limited withdrawal from Syria has not affected Russia’s participation in the assault on Palmyra. According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, Russian warplanes are now carrying out up to 25 airstrikes a day around Palmyra in support of the Syrian army’s offensive. The Syrian army has made steady progress over the last week, and is now within striking range.
Over the last week, the Syrian Army and its allies have made significant gains. The most recent map of the situation shows that ISIS is steadily losing ground:
Although ISIS has been putting up stiff resistance (thanks in part to an intricate tunnel and fortification system), multiple sources confirm that the Syrian army is building up strength and preparing for a final assault on Palmyra. According to reports, the Syrian army is now so close to Palmyra that they are able to see Palmyra airport from one of their positions: