Thomas van Linge
Actually, this is not a lot different from when the state recaptured the town, but still worrying. The Syrian army never pushed very far beyond Palmyra to consolidate gains, but have left it since March as a vulnerable salient. Russian and other troops were being withdrawn a few days ago, presumably to reinforce the Aleppo offensive... Not looking good.
@alazmamr 2 godziny temu
Reports coming in that ISIS has recaptured city of Palmyra. Busy looting Russian weapons and ammunition stores.
That is what happens when you and your allies drop your bombs on schools in Idlib and hospitals in Aleppo instead of ISIL militants in eastern Homs province. I really do hope that nobody took the decision to abandon Palmyra (with all that this will entail) to draw media attention away from, and justify, what is is happening elsewhere. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen how many of the town's population that nine months ago were relieved of ISIL rule are still inside. It is their fate that needs to be our main concern, as it's pretty likely that there is no way of stopping ISIL from using the antiquities again to demonstrate to the watching world its mastery of the region.