In this April 14, 2016 file photo, a Syrian man carries a carpet through a devastated part of the town of Palmyra as families load their belongings onto buses in the central Homs province in Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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U.S.-led coalition aircraft have destroyed heavy weaponry seized by Daesh militants when they retook the Syrian city of Palmyra from regime forces over the weekend, officials said Friday.The strikes Thursday destroyed an air defense artillery system, 14 tanks, three artillery systems, two Daesh-held buildings and two tactical vehicles, the coalition elaborated in a statement.Daesh overran Palmyra Sunday, nine months after its fighters were expelled by Russian airstrikes and pro-President Bashar Assad forces.Before Daesh retook the city, it had been the focus of Russian and Syrian counter-Daesh operations and not an area were the U.S. coalition was particularly active.
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