In new push, IS advances toward Syrian city of Palmyra
May 12, 2016  03:27
Islamic State militants advanced toward the Syrian city of Palmyra today, threatening to besiege the world-famous ancient site only several weeks after the government recaptured it from the extremists.
Media allied with the group and other activists said IS fighters seized a strategically located but deserted rocket-launching site close to an air base less than 60 kilometers (40 miles) from Palmyra.
For the government forces, the capture effectively severs a highway linking Palmyra to the government-controlled T-4 air base and the provincial capital Homs, threatening government supply routes.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and other activists confirmed the reported IS advance. The development comes after intense clashes with government troops near the air base, and a week after the extremist group advanced toward natural gas fields to the north.
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