March 2, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
Lenta.ru, translated by Tom Winter –
Syrian troops, backed by Russian aviation have taken control of the city of Palmyra. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported this to President of Russia Vladimir Putin, press secretary Dmitry Peskov reported.
Earlier, on March 2 the Syrian News agency SANA reported that Syrian troops entered into the historic center of Palmyra, simultaneously from many fronts.
On the night of March 2, there were reports that the militants of the “Islamic state” left Palmyra.
The Syrian army led the offensive on Palmyra from 6 February 2017. On February 27 managed to capture the strategically important high ground near the town.
Palmyra was successfully liberated from militants in the spring of 2016, but in December they took back control of the city with a surprise attack.