Putin hails Palmyra recapture, trumpets Russian role

Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to personally congratulate him on the recapture of Palmyra, the Kremlin saidRussian 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. The recapture of the ancient city represents a major victory over the Islamic State group, whose fighters had destroyed many monuments at the UNESCO world heritage site since they overran it in May last year. Putin phoned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to personally congratulate him Sunday, the Kremlin said.

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