Syria's Assad hails Palmyra capture as 'important achievement'

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Damascus (AFP)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday hailed his troops' victory over jihadists in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra as an "important achievement."

"This is an important achievement and fresh proof of the efficiency of the Syrian army and its allies in fighting terrorism," Assad said of the recapture of Palmyra, during a meeting with French parliamentarians in Damascus.