Syria civil war: Army ‘steps up offensive from Palmyra’ — BBC News ,Photos and Video – 28.03.16

The Syrian army, backed by Russian warplanes, is reported to be continuing its offensive against so-called Islamic State (IS) after recapturing the ancient city of Palmyra on Sunday.

Fighting was taking place around IS-held towns to the north-east and south-west of the city, reports said.

The army says it will use Palmyra as a launch pad to expand operations against IS and cut its supply routes.

It retook the city after days of fighting backed by Russian air strikes.

The United States welcomed the recapture of Palmyra but said it was too early to say it would affect the peace negotiations under way in Geneva. (…)

The Roman amphitheatre, said to have been used by IS for executions, remains largely intactThe Roman amphitheatre, said to have been used by IS for executions, remains largely intact

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See also earlier Video on PBSJ Blog

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