Islamic State captures Syrian city of Palmyra
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strategy in the region has relied on air strikes. White House Press Secretary has said President is not contemplating a commitment of US forces to combat Islamic State on the ground.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
On Thursdayreportedly completed taking the ancient city of , . The victory comes just a few days after the group seized , last weekend.
The victory puts their forces in a position to strike westward toward a number of strategic positions, including, the capital of Syria, which is connected to Palmyra by a major highway.
The, which is based in , estimates over half of Syria — by area — is now under Islamic State control. Holding Palmyra also provides them with access to the city’s military bases, airport, and nearby oil fields.
Palmyra is also aand is home to a variety of ruins, including a Roman colonnaded street. UNESCO has expressed concern for the safety of the ruins now that Islamic State controls the city. The group has previously destroyed ruins and cultural monuments during their military campaigns.
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