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the outskirts of Palmyra helicopters fire on Islamic State positions.
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e attack pushing the militants back, allowing Syrian government forces backed by Russia to close in in an attempt reclaim the ancient city for the second time in 12 months. In recent days, troops have taken strategic positions to the west and south, including a hilltop citadel.
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On Thursday their reports that they entered the city and are now combing parts of it for mines. Islamic State has help Syria's UNESCO World Heritage site since December in a violent turf war. Syrian troops recaptured the city in March last year but then lost it again. During both spells of control, the ultra hardline group has destroyed ancient monuments, including an 1,800 year old monumental arch.
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United Nations condemning their acts war crimes. The full extend of the damage to Syria's heritage won't be known until the city is fully reclaimed.