Syrian Army Storms ISIS-Held Palmyra [VIDEO]

Syrian forces entered the ancient city of Palmyra on Thurday, after months of control by ISIS fighters. β€œWe might witness in the next 48 hours an overwhelming victory in Palmyra,” Gov. Talal Barazi told reporters, adding that β€œthe army is advancing in a precise and organized way to protect what is possible of monuments and archaeological sites.” A victory would put an end to the stream of graphic photos of the destruction of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that have shocked the world. Also Thursday, an Iraqi spokesman said the Iraqi army, backed by U.S.-led coalition aircraft, had begun an operation to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS control. A spokesman for the Joint Military Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, said Iraqi troops have retaken several villages outside of the town of Makhmour early Thursday, hoisting the Iraqi flag as a symbol.