Syrian troops reach outskirts of Palmyra


Syrian government forces have reached the edge of the ancient city of Palmyra after driving back Islamic State (IS) militants, officials and activists say.

Syria’s state news agency said the army and allied militia had taken control of hills overlooking the city – a Unesco World Heritage site.

IS seized the ruins of Palmyra and the adjoining modern town in May.

It subsequently destroyed two 2,000-year-old temples, an arch and funerary towers, drawing global outrage.

The jihadist group, which has also demolished several world-renowned pre-Islamic sites in neighbouring Iraq, believes that such structures are idolatrous.

Unesco, the UN’s cultural agency, has condemned the destruction as a war crime.

The state news agency, Sana, reported on Wednesday that troops, backed by pro-government militiamen, had seized high ground to the west and south-west of Palmyra and moved towards the “Palmyra Triangle” road junction after “eliminating” IS militants in the area.

One soldier was quoted as saying that the army had cleared about 120 explosive devices from the Palmyra Triangle as it approached the junction from the west.


bit by bit..they are regaining ground from the black flag wavers..

interesting to see the temple of baal is to be replicated in new york this year:


~ by seeker401 on March 25, 2016.

6 Responses to “Syrian troops reach outskirts of Palmyra”


  2. no related per se but some parts are
    spend 2 hours listened to this fromTesla-scalarTech to theykabal & e-thing in btw

  3. the vid fromDocBoer start around minute 11:44 bfore is news for that day

  4. Syria civil war: Army ‘steps up offensive from Palmyra’

    The Syrian army, backed by Russian warplanes, is reported to be continuing its offensive against so-called Islamic State (IS) after recapturing the ancient city of Palmyra on Sunday.
    Fighting was taking place around IS-held towns to the north-east and south-west of the city, reports said.
    The army says it will use Palmyra as a launch pad to expand operations against IS and cut its supply routes.
    It retook the city after days of fighting backed by Russian air strikes.
    The United States welcomed the recapture of Palmyra but said it was too early to say it would affect the peace negotiations under way in Geneva.
    IS seized the Unesco World Heritage site and modern town in May 2015, publicly destroying some ancient buildings and artefacts. Experts are now assessing the damage.
    Syrian military sources quoted by AFP news agency said the army was targeting IS-held towns including al-Qaryatain, south-west of Palmyra, and Sukhnah towards the north-east.


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