Daesh's attack on the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra was staged for propaganda purposes, and it also reflects a desire to make government forces withdraw from Aleppo
Experts suggested that Daesh's assault on the Syrian city of Palmyra was intended to compel government forces to pull out of the city and boost the jihadists' morale in the wake of their recent defeats.
The experts spoke amid reports that Daesh had managed to retake Palmyra, hours after they were driven back by Russia's Aerospace Forces. The Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said that more than 4,000 Daesh militants regrouped and attempted to reclaim Palmyra, which was liberated from the jihadists earlier this year.
Another factor is the fact that Palmyra is situated near the intersection of roads that lead to the various regions of Syria, and that a spate of oil fields are located near this ancient city, according to Dolgov.