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Syrian Army Kills Daesh Commander in Charge of Destroying Palmyra Monuments

© Sputnik / Mikhail Alayeddin / Go to the photo bankPalmyra recaptured by Syrian Arab Army backed by Russian Air Force
Palmyra recaptured by Syrian Arab Army backed by Russian Air Force - Sputnik International
The Syrian Armed Forces have killed one of the commanders of the Daesh terrorist group who ordered in 2015 to destroy a number of ancient monuments in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the FARS news agency reported Friday citing local sources.

DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — The sources said that the commander, known as Abu Hamid al-Sukhni, had reportedly personally given orders to destroy UNESCO ancient sites in 2015.

On March 2, the Syrian government forces regained control over Palmyra with the support of the Russian aircraft operating in Syria. The operation was carried out with minimal losses among the anti-terrorist troops.

Palmyra: Before and After - Sputnik International
Palmyra: Before and After
Daesh seized Palmyra, which was the capital of the Palmyrene Empire and one of the richest cities of the Roman Empire, in May 2015. Terrorists destroyed a number of historic sights designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Arch of Triumph, the Temple of Baalshamin and the Temple of Bel. Jihadists also looted the national museum and the famous Palmyra’s necropolis.

Less than a year after that the Syrian army supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces managed to liberate Palmyra. Russian specialists demined the historic center as well as residential areas of the city. Russian historians and renovators visited Palmyra in early July 2016 and prepared a report assessing the condition of the damaged sites and costs of the renovation works. However, in December 2016, the city was retaken by jihadists.

Russia’s Defense Ministry published a video evidence of Syria’s ancient Palmyra city relics devastation by Daesh. - Sputnik International
Russia Releases Drone Footage Showing Palmyra Destruction by Daesh (VIDEO)
Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the December Daesh offensive on Palmyra. According to the Russian leader, the situation in Palmyra was a result of discordant actions of different players in Syria.

Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition and terrorist groups, including al-Nusra Front and Daesh, banned in a range of countries, including Russia.

Moscow has been conducting a counter-terrorist campaign in Syria since September 30, 2015, at President Bashar Assad's request.

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