A heavily damaged road is seen as Syrian soldiers patrol a street in the historical city of Palmyra central Syria on March 29, 2016. / AFP / STRINGER
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Russian combat engineers arrived Thursday in Syria on a mission to clear mines in the ancient town of Palmyra, the military said.Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the military's General Staff said that Russian military advisers had helped plan and direct the Syrian army's operation to recapture Palmyra.He said Russian warplanes had conducted about 500 sorties from March 7 to March 27, striking 2,000 targets around Palmyra, including artillery positions and fortifications. During the fighting around Palmyra, the Russian military tested its latest helicopter gunship, the Mi-28, for the first time in combat.
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