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Syrian army retakes town of Palmyra as IS defenses crumble

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian government forces recaptured Palmyra from the Islamic State group on Thursday, scoring a victory against the militants who had seized the historic town in December for the second time, a Syrian military statement said.

The military said troops gained full control of the desert town in central Syria following a series of military operations carried out with the help of Russian air cover and in cooperation with "allied and friendly troops" - shorthand for the Lebanese mi

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