Syrian army make new gains against ISIS

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Isis militants were forced on Sunday night to retreat from Al Qaryatayn, southeast of Homs, after regime forces encircled the town under the cover of Russian airstrikes.Palmyra, known as the City of Palms, was an important way station along with its modern concrete neighbor of Tadmur on the IS supply line from Iraq’s Anbar province to Homs province in Syria through the city of Deir al-Zor. A banner belonging to the Islamic court of the Islamic State is seen on the ground after forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad recaptured Palmyra city in this handout picture provided by SANA on March 27, 2016.Al-Qaryatain, which lies 60 miles to the west of Palmyra, is centrally located between the northern and southern parts of Syria.Dozens of Qaryatain’s Christians and other residents have been abducted by ISIS. ‘Suspicious activity’ noted at North Korean nuclear site
Last month, it emerged South Korea plans to build a non-lethal “blackout bomb” that will wipe out North Korea ‘s electricity grid if war breaks out. Russian Federation released video footage on Tuesday of its forces dismantling land mines on the territory outside the city of Palmyra in Syria.Syrian activist groups are reporting that militants have shot down a warplane in northern Syria.Syrian state media and an activist group say government forces and their allies have entered a central town that was held by the Islamic State group.Fighters allied with the USA and Russian Federation, long on opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, are both zeroing in on Islamic State’s center of gravity. Weeks later, the al-Qaeda breakaway group destroyed the 5th century Mar Elian monastery near al-Qaryatain.Days after the militants publicly beheaded an 81-year-old antiquities scholar in nearby Palmyra last August, the militants posted photos on social media that showed them leveling the St. Elian Monastery with bulldozers. Villanova men’s basketball parade set for Friday in Philadelphia
Butler’s Gordon Hayward almost gave us a miracle victor , but hoops fans had to wait six more years for the genuine thing. One of the surprise Villanova heroes was Phil Booth who came into the title game averaging 6.7 points per game. Lt. Col. Mohammed al-Wagaa of the Iraqi army said troops retook the village of al-Nasr, near the Tigris river, on Monday, after destroying six suicide auto bombers that had tried to attack them. “You come somewhere like this, and think about the way Islamic State operates – the targets they choose, someone else’s religion – and that is horrific”, Hilsum said.The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said back in 2015 that IS destroyed the monastery “on the pretext that it was used for worshiping others than God”.The Syrian national television said that the anti-Daesh (anti-ISIS) forces had “fully restored security and stability to the town after killing the last remaining groups of Daesh terrorists”. He said the USA believes a senior al-Qaida figure, Abu Firas al-Souri, was at the meeting and “we are working to confirm his death”.It said they targeted the headquarters of Jund al-Aqsa, an extremist group that fights alongside al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front. Wisconsin dents Trump’s presidential ambitions
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