Freed from ISIS in a PR assault in March 2016 by Russia and Bashar al-Assad’s forces, Palmyra has fallen back into the hands of ISIS. In what felt like one day, ISIS orchestrated a significant redeployment of forces from Deir Azzor and Raqqa, crossing about 300km of Syria unnoticed, not stopped by anyone during their quick march. Four thousand ISIS fighters recaptured Palmyra in violent clashes within a few hours. According to the reports, all civilians were evacuated as well as archeologists working on Palmyra’s heritage restoration. The Syria Army had to retreat, leaving arsenals and military material that now has fallen into the hands of ISIS. Brutal fighting continues as the army, with the help of Russia’s air force, continue attempts to retake the city.
The dramatic story of the Syrian conflict does not end with the fall of Aleppo, despite the hopes of Syrians loyal to DamascusMaria Dubovikova