Syria: Russian air strikes pound Palmyra

A possible ground incursion into the ancient city could come very quickly as all Islamic State-held territory is up for grabs. The capture of Palmyra from IS could be a massive propaganda victory for Russian-backed forces on the ground.

Russian warplanes were said to have launched heavy strikes on the Islamic State-held city of Palmyra on Thursday in what may be a prelude to a Syrian government bid to recapture the historic site lost to the jihadist group last May.

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