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Syrian troops storming last IS stronghold near Palmyra — source

March 24, 2016, 20:38 UTC+3

The army has regained control over a very large part of the territory

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Syrian army soldiers

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MOSCOW, March 24 /TASS/. The Syrian troops are storming the last Islamic State stronghold near the ancient town of Palmyra in Syria, a well-informed source in Damascus told TASS by telephone.

"The army has regained control over a very large part of the territory. The government troops are storming the last militant-held height near Palmyra," the source said.

Militants from the Islamic State terrorist group (which is banned in Russia) seized Palmyra early in the summer of 2015. The Syrian authorities warned at that time that the unique historical complex could repeat the sad fate of the ancient Iraqi cities of Ashur and Nimrud, which had been wiped out by insurgents.

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