Syrian forces enter Islamic State-held town near Palmyra

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Posted: Apr 03, 2016 6:08 AM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian and allied forces, backed by Russian air strikes, entered the Islamic State-held town of al-Qaryatain on Sunday, having gradually surrounded it over the past few days, state media and a monitoring group said.

Al-Qaryatain is 100 km (60 miles) west of Palmyra, which government forces recaptured from Islamic State last Sunday. The town has been held by Islamic State since late August.

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Dominic Evans)