Syrian forces pursue campaign against Islamic State after retaking Palmyra




 
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Syrian forces pursue campaign against Islamic State after retaking Palmyra
 
March 28th, 2016  
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Syrian forces pursue campaign against Islamic State after retaking Palmyra
By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes battled Islamic State insurgents around Palmyra on Monday, trying to extend their gains after taking back control of a city whose ancient temples were dynamited by the ultra-radical militants. The loss of Palmyra on Sunday is one of the biggest setbacks for the jihadist group since it declared a caliphate in 2014 across large parts of Syria and Iraq. It is also a major victory for President Bashar al-Assad and ally Russia, casting them as critical to the international fight against Islamic State.




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