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Syrian Forces Advance on Islamic State-Held Palmyra

Syria says its forces have fought their way into Palmyra, the ancient city held for nearly a year by Islamic State insurgents who destroyed many of its Roman-era antiquities. Syrian state television said Thursday that government troops backed by Russian warplanes pushed into the city. Islamic State fighters used loudspeakers to warn civilians to leave as the fighting intensified. The state news agency SANA showed Russian planes flying above the city, helicopters firing missiles and...

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