Syrian soldiers play soccer in the streets of Palmyra, after government forces backed by heavy Russian air support drove Islamic State from the ancient city. Jillian Kitchener reports.
A moment of recreation in the historic town of Palmyra... Where on Sunday, Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian support drove out Islamic State. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes continued in small pockets, but the bulk of Islamic State had withdrawn and retreated east. Ancient sites remain -- NOT fully intact -- after being shattered by the militants last year. But now that the city is under President Bashar al-Assad's control, he says it will be rebuilt. And that, the army says, is a mortal blow to militants. The army also said Palmyra would become a "launchpad to expand military operations" against IS in the strongholds of Raqqa and Deir al-Zor.