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Syrian army says it has recaptured Palmyra from Islamic State

Syrian army says it has recaptured Palmyra from Islamic State
A road sign that shows the direction to the Syrian city of Palmyra is pictured on the edge of the city, March 2, 2017. SANA/Handout via REUTERS


(Reuters) The Syrian army said it recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State on Thursday with help from allied forces and Russian air strikes.

The army and allied forces advanced inside Palmyra on Thursday after Islamic State pulled its fighters out of the city, a war monitoring group said.

Forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad walk atop of a hill on the edge of Palmyra, March 2, 2017. SANA/Handout via REUTERS
Forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad ride in military vehicles on the edge of Palmyra, March 2, 2017. SANA/Handout via REUTERS
A general view shows a palace complex, which has been recaptured from Islamic State militants, on the edge of Palmyra, March 2, 2017. SANA/Handout via REUTERS
Forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad gather on the edge of Palmyra, March 2, 2017. SANA/Handout via REUTERS


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