Islamic State Takes Syria’s Palmyra ➠ Beheads/Executes 17 People ➠ “ISIS Is ‘Everywhere’
Islamic State on Thursday solidified their rout of Syrian government forces in the historic desert city of Palmyra, moving to the outskirts to seize its airport and the notorious Tadmur Prison, according to residents and statements from the group.
It was the first time that the Islamic State had seized an entire city from Syrian government forces; it won control of its first major city, Raqqa, from Syrian insurgents and the Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front after the two became rivals. (NYT)
ISIS is ‘everywhere’ in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra.
The capture of Syria’s ancient city threatens a UNESCO World Heritage Site described as having “stood at the crossroads of several civilizations,” with its art and architecture mixing Greek, Roman and Persian influences, according to that U.N. group.
U.N. and Syrian officials have expressed fears that ISIS will destroy the ruins, just as it flattened the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud and smashed statues in Iraq’s Mosul Museum.
But Palmyra, also known as Tadmur, isn’t just a historical site. It’s home to tens of thousands of people, many of whom fear they’ll meet the same fate as others ISIS has conquered.
But no worries. Obama says we’re winning.
Beirut (AFP) – Fighters from the Islamic State group executed at least 17 people, including civilians, after the jihadists seized Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra on Thursday, a monitor said.
“IS executed 17 people, including civilians and loyalist fighters. At least four of them were beheaded,” Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group, told AFP. More