The Syrian army has fully liberated Palmyra from ISIS terrorist group’s control, according to a statement released on Thursday.

The army announced that it has been able to gain full control of Palmyra after a series of military operations backed by Russia’s air cover and other allies.

It came after the Kermlin reported that the Syrian army, backed by Russia, had been able to fully liberate the city.

According to Russian lawmaker Andrey Krasov, ISIS flag had been removed from the historic oasis city.

“It should be viewed as a joint success of the Russian Air Force and the Syrian military. Shortly, the whole territory of Syria will be liberated from the terrorists,” he added.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) also said that ISIS has fully withdrawn from Palmyra, “but the Syrian army is still clearing neighborhoods of mines and has not spread out into the whole city yet.”

This is the second time the Syrian army recaptures the ancient city, with the forces purging ISIS terrorists from Palmyra in March 2016 for the first time.

ISIS had recaptured the 2,000-year-old city once again in December 2016 after days of intense fighting with the Syrian military as they were focusing on liberating eastern Aleppo.