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Russia flying daily sorties to back Assad forces around Palmyra

Islamic State fighters seized control of Palmyra -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- in May 2015Russian jets are flying up to 25 bombing raids daily to back up a Syrian government offensive to recapture the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State jihadists, the armed forces said Friday. Senior commander Sergei Rudskoi insisted that the “conditions have been created for the encirclement and definitive defeat of IS armed formations in Palmyra”. “Government troops and patriotic forces with the support of the Russian air force are carrying out a large-scale operation to liberate Palmyra,” he told journalists.

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