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    Syrian Troops Reach Palmyra Outskirts

    FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria.
    FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria.
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    Syrian forces backed by Russian airstrikes have advanced to the outskirts of the ancient city of Palmyra in their campaign to retake the area from Islamic State militants.

    Local officials and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights say government forces have closed in on the southern and western sides of Palmyra.

    Islamic State captured the area in May 2015 and sparked alarm as its fighters demolished Roman-era ruins at the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media on August 25, 2015 purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Syria's antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters the images did appea
    An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media on August 25, 2015 purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Syria's antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters the images did appea

    After the October destruction of the Arch of Triumph, UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said Islamic State is "terrified by history and culture," but that the militants can never erase history.

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    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 23, 2016 7:57 AM
    The ISIL terrorists didn't destroy Palmyra, [no], it was the countries that gave birth to the ISIL terrorist army in Syria? .. [In March of 2013], al-Baghdadi came to Syria from al-Qaeda in Iraq (with only the clothes on his back) to find fighters and supporters for al-Qaeda, [but lo and behold], al-Baghdadi found a ready made army of tens of thousands of Sunni Muslim extremists, fanatics and insane that the US had armed and trained to wage Jihad war on Assad and Syria,

    And then, he gave them a better cause to fight and die for (as a martyr) in his newly created Caliphate army, [and then in August of 2014], al-Baghdadi led his ISIL army in an invasion of Iraq, and the rest is history? .. al-Baghdadi created his ISIL army in less than 1 year and 5 months from the tens of thousands of US armed and trained men? .. That's where the ISIL came from?

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