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Syria: Gov. Forces battle IS militants on outskirts of Palmyra01:17

Syria: Gov. Forces battle IS militants on outskirts of Palmyra

Syrian Arab Republic, Palmyra
December 12, 2016 at 10:44 GMT -00:00 · Published

Syrian government forces battled militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the outskirts of the ancient city of Palmyra, Sunday.

Over 4,000 IS fighters, reinforced with tanks from Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, are advancing on Palmyra, according to a statement from the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria. The group has so far managed to gain a foothold in the city's northern and northwestern outskirts, forcing some Syrian troops to withdraw from their positions. The Russian Defense Ministry reported that overnight on Saturday, government forces, with support from the Russian airforce, repelled several attacks on Palmyra, killing up to 300 militants.

Palmyra was previously liberated on March 27, 2016, by the Syrian Armed Forces with the help of the Russian Aviation Group, after being under the control of IS since May 2015.

Syria: Gov. Forces battle IS militants on outskirts of Palmyra01:17
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Syrian government forces battled militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the outskirts of the ancient city of Palmyra, Sunday.

Over 4,000 IS fighters, reinforced with tanks from Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, are advancing on Palmyra, according to a statement from the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of opposing sides in Syria. The group has so far managed to gain a foothold in the city's northern and northwestern outskirts, forcing some Syrian troops to withdraw from their positions. The Russian Defense Ministry reported that overnight on Saturday, government forces, with support from the Russian airforce, repelled several attacks on Palmyra, killing up to 300 militants.

Palmyra was previously liberated on March 27, 2016, by the Syrian Armed Forces with the help of the Russian Aviation Group, after being under the control of IS since May 2015.

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