Syrian forces poised to retake ISIS-held Palmyra

March 24, 2016 10:18 AM

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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces were on the verge Thursday of recapturing Palmyra, an ancient town in central Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, having pushed closer to its outer edges with the support of Russian airstrikes.

The government forces were now within 1 kilometer (half mile) from the heart of the town, a Syrian official and an opposition monitoring group said.

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