Russia to Start Clearing Palmyra of Mines

This photo released on Sunday March 27, 2016, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a damaged hotel in the ancient city of Palmyra, central Syria. The amount of destruction found inside the archaeological area in the historic Syrian town of Palmyra was similar to what experts have expected but the shock came Monday from inside the local museum where the extremists have caused wide damage demolishing invaluable statues that were torn to pieces. (SANA via AP)
A damaged hotel in the ancient city of Palmyra, central Syria, Sunday. (SANA via AP)

Russia will be sending troops and equipment later this week to demine the archaeological site in the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra which was recaptured from Islamic State terrorists on Sunday.

Russian news agencies on Monday quoted General Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff, as saying that Russia will be sending troops, robots and demining equipment in the next few days.

The recapture of Palmyra by Syrian troops under the cover of Russian air strikes was an important victory over IS terrorists who waged a 10-month reign of terror there. It was the first major defeat for the group since an international agreement to battle terrorism in the fractured nation took effect last year.

President Vladimir Putin earlier this month ordered the bulk of Russian forces in Syria to withdraw.