Islamic State supporters posted this photo showing a gunman
Islamic State supporters posted this photo showing a gunman "firing near Palmyra”. Uncredited

IS retakes Palmyra from Syria

DESPITE a wave of Russian air strikes that killed 300 of its fighters, Islamic State has recaptured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra from government troops.

It is a major advance for the militants after a year of setbacks.

Palmyra is home to towering 2000-year-old Roman-era ruins. IS held it for the 10 months till March, when the Syrian Government seized it with great fanfare.

Palmyra was a major tourist attraction until the civil war broke out in 2011. While IS held the town, it dynamited temples and destroyed other artefacts.

The militants had been advancing steadily on Palmyra in recent days while the government was focused on its major offensive against rebels in the northern city of Aleppo.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS fought into the World Heritage Site, forcing government forces to retreat.



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