US welcomes IS loss of Palmyra

A general view taken on March 27, 2016 shows part of the ancient city of Palmyra, after Syrian government troops recaptured the UNESCO world heritage site from the Islamic State groupThe United States on Monday welcomed the victory of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s Russian-backed forces over the Islamic State group in the historic city of Palmyra, despite concern over his brutal record. “We do think that it’s a good thing that Daesh no longer controls it,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said, using his department’s preferred term for the jihadist group. Backed by Russia, Syrian government and allied fighters overran Palmyra on Sunday after nearly 10 months in which the Islamic State group held sway in the city.

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