Newsbrief: Ancient City of Palmyra Swings Back to Syrian Government Control

by Trevor Jones
edited by Shannon Slater

For a fourth time in the past two years, Palmyra, an ancient city in Syria changed control from ISIS back into the hands of the Syrian government, according to the New York Times.

Palmyra, a UNESCO world heritage site, is viewed by ISIS militants as an important city because they see the artifacts in the city as sacrilegious. When they had control, they would make it known that they were destroying what they viewed as sacrilegious objects.

ISIS also performed public executions in the city.

(Photo: NY Times)

After ISIS was successfully forced out of the city by Russian and Syrian troops last May, it was seen by Russia as a victory of civilization over barbarianism by the governments. Last fall, ISIS took the city. It was reclaimed by the Syrian government again this winter.

The article also stresses a series of photographs from the war-torn city, showing the damage war can take on a place after a few years. There has been continued fighting in the city over the past few years and this has been the account of the most recent changing-of-hands of the city’s control.

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