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Syria army edges forward in jihadist-held Palmyra

Syrian pro-governement forces rest on the outskirts of Palmyra on March 26, 2016Syrian troops backed by Russian ground and air forces on Saturday pushed deeper into the Islamic State group stronghold of Palmyra, as Washington considered boosting its anti-jihadist fight in neighbouring Iraq. Syrian forces battled IS fighters Saturday inside Palmyra, a strategically located ancient city, under the cover of Russian and Syrian artillery fire. After capturing the town of Al-Amiriyah on the city’s northern outskirts, regime forces fought their way into Palmyra’s northern and western districts.

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