Bashar al-Assad

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Following the liberation of historic Palmyra, "the pearl of the desert," by the Syrian Arab Army with the assistance of the Russian Aerospace Forces, some Western media sources have made an attempt to downplay the remarkable feat.

The recapture of Palmyra by Syrian forces with Russian air support has caught the US and its NATO allies by surprise. It seemed the Western capitals were numbed by the astonishing news.

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Syrian towns Nubl and al-Zahra in Northern Aleppo province had been occupied by the Free Syrian Army since July, 2012. After their liberation on the February 3rd and following improvement of their living conditions, residents are expressing their gratitude to Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.