Palmyra: Syrian troops poised to retake ancient city, state media report

Story highlights

  • ISIS releases a video saying it still controls the city
  • State TV broadcasts images purportedly showing Syrian forces in southwest Palmyra
  • State news reports Syrian troops defeated ISIS in spots near the city

(CNN)Syrian troops have entered the ancient city of Palmyra and are poised to retake it from ISIS militants, Syrian state media reported Thursday.

State TV broadcast images that purportedly show government forces entering the southwestern part of the city, while a TV anchor said the army is "close to announcing that Tadmur" -- another name for the area around Palmyra's historic ruins -- "has been cleared of ISIS terrorists."
ISIS took over the central Syrian city in May, expanding its conquests in the region and showing its contempt for the people and their history.