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    Fighters of the Desert Falcons self-defense unit during re-stationing of troops near the Syrian city of Palmyra.

    Syrian Army Takes Giant Step to Crush Daesh in East Palmyra

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    The Desert Falcons militia together with the Syrian army are engaging Daesh in eastern Palmyra, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the city on Thursday.

    PALMYRA (Sputnik) – The bulk of the Syrian army and militia forces have consolidated on strategic heights surrounding the historic city, but the assault has been complicated by a desert sandstorm.

    "The terrorists have retreated to the city gardens, we are monitoring their movements from above. Several assault troops are carrying out an offensive down in the city. A few vehicles carrying fighters fled toward Raqqa during the night," a senior militia commander named Majid said.

    Palmyra has been under Daesh control since May 2015. The terrorist group, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia and the United States, has since destroyed part of the city, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    A brigadier-general told Sputnik on Wednesday that the army had recaptured a historic part of the city from the militants.

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