Smoke from the detonation of the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (ISIS social media account via AP, File)
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ISIS has claimed the killing of five Russian troops in fighting near the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.At a press briefing Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not confirm either the presence of Russian advisers around Palmyra or the ISIS claim of the soldiers' killing.On Thursday, however, Putin had warned that Russia would remain engaged in Syria's war.Putin also named four Russians, including a military adviser, killed in action in Syria since Moscow launched its military intervention on Sept.30 .Another 1,276 ISIS members have also died, as have 1,567 rebels and fighters from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front, it added.
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