Syrian regime advances towards Palmyra with Russian support

80 villages retaken, says Moscow

17 November, 17:42

    This file photo, released on May 2015 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. This file photo, released on May 2015 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria.

    - MOSCOW - Syrian regime troops on Tuesday began an offensive towards Palmyra with the support of Russian airstrikes. Some 80 villages in an area of about 500 square kilometers have been retaken, Russian Chief of Staff General Valery Gerasimov said. Strategic, long-distance TU-160 and TU-95 jets used for the first time by Russia in Syria shot cruise missiles at targets in the Aleppo and Idlib provinces. TU-22M3s instead bombed the provinces of Deir Az-Zor and Raqqa. Russian president Vladimir Putin has meanwhile ordered Navy flagship missile cruiser 'Moskva', currently in the Mediterranean, to cooperate with French naval forces ''as allies''. 

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