A general view taken on March 27, 2016 shows part of the ancient city of Palmyra with the citadel in the background, after government troops recaptured the UNESCO world heritage site from ISIS. (AFP / Maher AL MOUNES)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday hailed Syria's recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra, while stressing the role of Moscow's military in reversing the Islamic State tide.Putin phoned Syrian President Bashar Assad to personally congratulate him Sunday, the Kremlin said.Moscow pledged its full support despite announcing on March 14 a surprise order from Putin to start withdrawing armed forces from Syria.Putin earlier Sunday spoke by telephone with UNESCO chief Irina Bokova about the fate of Palmyra.
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