Syria: Regime forces retake Palmyra

Source: USA Today

“Syria’s military announced Thursday that its troops, aided by Russian air power, recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic militants for the second time in a year. The statement from the Syrian army said its forces were bolstered by ‘allied and friendly troops,’ a reference to Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, the Associated Press reported. In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin was informed of the Syrian victory by his defense minister, Russia’s TASS news agency reported. Syrian troops had seized Palmyra in March 2016 but lost it to the militants in December. The city, which is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, is located 150 miles northeast of Damascus.” (03/02/17)