Syrian soldiers flash the v-victory sign in the ancient city of Palmyra on Friday, April 2, 2016. (AP Photo)
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A week after taking back the historic town of Palmyra, Syrian troops and their allies on Sunday captured another town controlled by the Islamic State group in central Syria, state media reported.An activist group that monitors the Syrian civil war said that government forces are in control of most of the town after IS fighters withdrew to its eastern outskirts.The advance came a week after Syrian forces recaptured Palmyra from IS and is strategically significant for the government side. Many of the Christians fled the town after it came under IS attack.A Syrian army general, speaking live from Qaryatain with the Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV, said troops are now dismantling bombs placed by extremists and will prepare to launch fresh attacks on areas held by IS.The Observatory reported later in the day that IS fighters have withdrawn from much of the town toward the eastern suburbs of Qaryatain.
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