December 2016: ISIS Recaptures Palmyra

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

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ISIS Recaptures Palmyra
Image of man placing wreath onto memorial for those killed in Palmyra
On Dec. 11, 2016, The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) retook the city of Palmyra in Syria. In a major advance, the militants take advantage of Russian and Syrian troops being distracted in Aleppo, Syria to retake the city from which they were expelled nine months ago. The city of Palmyra is an ancient city with 2,000-year-old ruins and great symbolic meaning. The city is also an important part of the ongoing Syrian civil war because of its central location. The last time ISIS occupied Palmyra, they destroyed ancient temples and other artifacts.
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