An image grab taken from a video made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Homs on July 4, 2015 allegedly shows ISIS fighters gesturing as they leave Tadmur's notorious prison. AFP PHOTO / HO / WELAYAT HOMS
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Syrian army troops backed by war planes advanced to within several kilometers of Palmyra Thursday, battling ISIS fighters outside the famed ancient city, activists said.The Britain-based monitor said the fighting was accompanied by intensive regime airstrikes on the city of Palmyra, which is famed for its ancient ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site.In Damascus, a security source confirmed the army had advanced to within several kilometers of Palmyra.ISIS forces overran Palmyra on May 21, after sweeping towards the city from their strongholds in eastern Deir al-Zor and northern Raqqa.
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