The recapture of Palmyra by the Assad regime forces from ISIS this week, 10 months after its fall, has two major connotations. Primarily the strategic location of the ancient city puts Assad at a geographical advantage to go after ISIS in Deir Zour and reconnect the routes with Iraq and Iran. But more importantly, defeating ISIS in the birth land of Queen Zenobia six days after the Brussels attacks, signals to the West that Assad and his strong backer Russian President Vladimir Putin could reemerge as partners against ISIS terrorism.
Assad flirting with Europe
The Assad regime that has built its survival on buying time and outlasting the skeptics, is wooing Europe to take him as a potential partner against ISISJoyce Karam