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Palmyra: Russia-Backed Syria Army Retakes Ancient City

The Syrian army said it has recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from ISIL for the second time in a year with help from allied forces and Russian warplanes. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group seized Palmyra in a surprise advance in December after having been driven out eight months before. "With backing from the Syrian and Russian air forces, units of our armed forces recaptured the city of Palmyra, in cooperation with the allies," the military said in a statement.