Palmyra

Syrian army wrests control of Palmyra from Islamic State

The Syrian army said that its troops regained control of Palmyra from the Islamic State extremist militia on Thursday, a day after they entered the ancient city.

Syrian forces face IS resistance in push to retake control of Palmyra

Syrian regime forces were facing resistance from Islamic State as they attempted to retake full control of the ancient city of Palmyra a day after entering it, a monitoring group said.

Italy restores, returns IS-vandalized busts to Syria

Two ancient Roman busts, which were transported to Italy after being vandalized by the Islamic State extremist group in the Syrian city of Palmyra, have been restored and returned to Damascus, the Italian ministry of culture said Tuesday.

Syrian army advances in attempt to retake Palmyra from Islamic State

The Syrian state army has advanced to within 20 kilometres of Palmyra in an attempt to retake the ancient oasis city from the UN-designated terrorist group Islamic State, the Russian Defence Ministry said Monday.

Islamic State destroys key monument, part of Roman theatre in Palmyra

Islamic State's destruction of the facade of an amphitheatre in Palmyra - just hours after using the site as the setting for a mass execution - was decried as a war crime Friday by the United Nations.

Syrian regime and Islamic State launch offensives in desert, east

Government forces Saturday started a major assault on Islamic State positions near Palmyra in Syria's central desert, while the jihadists launched an attack on the last government enclave in the east of the country, a monitoring group said.

Islamic State retakes control of Syria’s ancient Palmyra

The Islamic State extremist group on Sunday regained control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, in a blow to the prestige of government forces which had recaptured it less than nine months earlier.

Monitor: Islamic State enters Syria's Palmyra months after losing it

Islamic State fighters on Saturday entered Palmyra in central Syria eight months after the extremist militia lost the ancient city to government forces, a monitoring group reported.

Mass grave of 65 bodies uncovered in Syria’s Palmyra, monitor says

A mass grave containing at least 65 bodies killed by the Islamic State extremist militia in the ancient city of Palmyra has been discovered by Syrian government forces, a monitoring group reported on Thursday.

Syrian government forces retake town near Palmyra from Islamic State

Syrian government forces, backed by Russian warplanes, on Sunday recaptured a strategic town near the historic city of Palmyra from the Islamic State terrorist militia, Syrian army and activists said.

Russia to help Syria rebuild ancient city of Palmyra, retaken from IS

Russia reaffirmed on Monday that it will help rebuild ancient sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra, recaptured by Syrian state forces last week from the terrorist group Islamic State.

Syrian antiquities chief: Palmyra's temples will rise again

The official in charge of Syria’s ancient monuments Sunday vowed that the famed temples of Palmyra, destroyed by the Islamic State extremist group, would be rebuilt now that the ancient city is back in government hands.

Syrian regime recaptures ancient desert city of Palmyra

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State extremist organization Sunday, in one of its most significant advances since Russia sent its air forces to al-Assad's aid in September.

Syrian forces gain ground in Palmyra despite militant counter-attack

Syrian government forces on Saturday reversed a counter-attack by Islamic State in the central city of Palmyra and recaptured districts in the ancient city from the terrorist militia, Syria's state media and activists reported.

Syrian regime forces advance inside Islamic State-held Palmyra

Syrian government forces, backed by Russian airpower, Friday made further advances into the Islamic State-controlled city of Palmyra, a day after entering the ancient city, Syrian state media and activists reported.