Jihadists advance on ancient Palmyra as US kills top IS leader
US special forces killed a senior Islamic State group leader in a raid in eastern Syria, the White House said Saturday, as jihadists closed in on Syria's ancient Palmyra and Ramadi in Iraq. President Barack Obama ordered the raid on Al-Omar in east Syria on Friday night to capture senior IS leader Abu Sayyaf and his wife Umm Sayyaf, US officials said.
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20 January, 2017 Syria’s ancient Palmyra: five things to know Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, where archaeological treasures are under renewed attack by Islamic State group jihadists, was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1980. IS jihadists first seized Palmyra in May 2015 and began to systematically destroy the central city's monuments. […]
27 March, 2016 Syria forces retake ancient Palmyra in major victory over IS Syrian troops recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group on Sunday and pledged to build on the win with an advance against other jihadist strongholds. The army said pro-government forces had cleared IS fighters from the UNESCO world heritage site, where the […]
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