ISIS Finally Driven Out Of Historical City Palmyra By Syrian Forces

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Mar. 27 2016, Updated 5:37 p.m. ET

After 11 months of occupation, ISIS forces have finally withdrawn from the historical city of Palmyra after a major defeat against Syrian forces, which were also aided by continuous Russian airstrikes. This loss is seen as one of the most significant stumbles thus far for ISIS—also known as ISIL, the Islamic State, and Daesh—since its establishment as a caliphate in 2014.

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“Palmyra city is now fully cleared of ISIS terrorists after the army established complete control over all its parts, including the archaeological site and the airport,” said the Syrian army through a statement relayed to the state-controlled Syrian Arab News Agency.

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The city had been in the middle of a three-week siege that left hundreds of casualties and caused ISIS fighters to flee. Its loss follows a string of setbacks for ISIS in recent times, impeding its efforts to expand into more territory and further establish its Sunni-based caliphate throughout the area.

“The liberation of the historic city of Palmyra today is an important achievement and another indication of the success of the strategy pursued by the Syrian army and its allies in the war against terrorism,” said Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.

“Assad highly valued the help Russian air forces have provided and underlined that such successes as regaining Palmyra would have been impossible without Russia’s support,” said Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov. Russian president, Vladimir Putin, himself congratulated Assad on this victory against ISIS.

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