Syrian army deals ISIS ‘its biggest defeat since founding of caliphate’
Syrian television quoted a military source saying the army and its militia allies took “complete control over the city of Palmyra.”
BEIRUT – Syrian government forces recaptured Palmyra on Sunday, state media and a monitoring group said, inflicting a significant defeat on the Islamic State group which had controlled the desert city since May last year.
Syrian television quoted a military source saying the army and its militia allies took “complete control over the city of Palmyra”.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there was still gunfire in the eastern part of the city on Sunday morning but the bulk of the Islamic State force had pulled out and retreated east, leaving Palmyra under President Bashar Assad’s control.
For government forces, the recapture of Palmyra, following a three-week campaign by Syrian government forces backed by intensive Russian air strikes, opens up much of Syria’s eastern desert stretching to the Iraqi border to the south and Islamic State heartland of Deir al-Zor and Raqqa to the east.
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