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    Assad Claims ‘War on Terror’ Victory in Palmyra

    He’s wearing a white hat. Government forces and Russian warplanes have driven ISIS from the ancient city of Palmyra, say Syrian President Bashar al Assad and independent monitors. The embattled leader called it an “important achievement” for “allies in the war against terrorism.” The radical Islamist group destroyed iconic 1,500-year-old structures in Palmyra, but lost some 400 fighters there in the last three weeks, said a human rights monitoring group, calling it the worst-ever defeat for the “caliphate.” Experts say it’s also a stragic loss, exposing routes to ISIS’ main city, Raqqa.

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