Russian air strikes near Palmyra as Syrian troops push advance

A Syrian army soldier fires artillery shells towards Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in northeastern Palmyra on May 17, 2015Russian helicopters pounded jihadist positions around the ancient city of Palmyra on Tuesday as Syrian troops pressed a ground advance, a monitoring group said. “Russian helicopters and warplanes, that are likely Russian, are bombarding Islamic State group positions near Palmyra,” said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman. “These strikes have allowed regime troops to advance, and they are now four kilometres (2.5 miles) south and west of Palmyra,” he told AFP.

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