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Official: Syrian Army Preparing for Counterattack on IS

This picture released on Sunday, May 24, 2015, by a militant website which had been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting shows Syrian government soldiers who were captured by Islamic state militants in Palmyra area in Syria. (Militant website via AP)
This picture released on Sunday, May 24, 2015, by a militant website which had been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting shows Syrian government soldiers who were captured by Islamic state militants in Palmyra area in Syria. (Militant website via AP)

DAMASCUS, Syria — The Syrian army is deploying troops in areas near the ancient town of Palmyra in apparent preparation for a counterattack to retake...




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