Syrian forces seize Islamic State-held town near Palmyra

April 3, 2016 1:52 PM

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Syrian forces seize Islamic State-held town near Palmyra

BEIRUT Syrian and allied forces, backed by Russian air strikes, drove Islamic State militants out of the town of al-Qaryatain on Sunday, Syria's military command said, after gradually encircling it over the past few days.

Surrounded by hills, al-Qaryatain is 100 km (60 miles) west of the ancient city of Palmyra, which government forces recaptured from Islamic State last Sunday.

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