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Russian teams arrive in Syria to help with Palmyra mine-clearing exercise

Russian demining experts have arrived in Syria to start clearing mines in the ancient town of Palmyra.

The recent recapture of Palmyra by Syrian troops under the cover of Russian airstrikes was an important victory over Islamic State extremists who operated a 10-month reign of terror in the city.

The Russian defence ministry said that the first demining group landed early on Thursday at Russia's base in Syria. It was not immediately clear when the Russians would get to Palmyra.

The demining is expected to take several months.

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