The Islamic State has seized more than half of Syria after taking full control of the town of Palmyra and its ancient ruins, activists said Thursday.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the extremists had seized more than 36,000 square miles of the country and had also taken control of "the vast majority" of its gas and oil fields. USA TODAY could not independently confirm the information.
The human rights group's Rami Abdurrahman said the extremists took control of the archaeological site to the southwest of Palmyra early Thursday, the Associated Press reported. The United Nations describes the site as "one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world."...
well maybe they'll get their three way split?... Saudi will get the sunni Islamic state through Syria and west Iraq, the north will go to the kurds and the east to shia (Iran). that way the Saudi/un/west will have their medit. sea, pushing out that resource from the Russians.....
we should all be rejoicing that the rebels have decreased assd's power rhgt?
"The same people involved in gun-smuggling to Mexico that became known as the Fast and Furious Scandal, were also responsible for smuggling weapons from Libya to the Syrian terrorists trying to overthrow Syria‚Äôs Assad Regime, according to information finally revealed this week."
[URL=http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/world/middleeast/syria-isis-fighters-enter-ancient-city-of-palmyra.html]]]http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/world/middleeast/syria-isis-fighters-enter-ancient-city-of-palmyra.html (ISIS Fighters Seize Control of Syrian City of Palmyra, and Ancient Ruins)[/URL] This is a cultural disaster for the world, and perhaps it's time the U.S. ask Israel advice on what to do about it? [URL=http://www.jpost.com/landedpages/printarticle.aspx?id=403641]]]Syrian antiquities chief says statues moved from Palmyra[/URL]. But the large statues couldn't be moved.
Just to remind you of previous practices of these barbarians, [URL=http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31779484]]]Islamic State 'demolishes' ancient Hatra site in Iraq[/URL].