A Facebook page close to IS published a statement Thursday, purportedly from the group, saying "the soldiers of the Islamic State" completed their control of Palmyra as well as the town's airport and prison.
Believing that having a full life discourages extremism, Saudi psychologists, imams, and sociologists prepare former jihadists for their reintroduction to the outside world. The program claims to have a 88% success rate.
The central Syrian town holds strategic importance for the government in Damascus and is home to an important military airbase. The offensive began Monday and pits Islamic State against regime forces and local militia.