With Aleppo, the world forgot Palmyra

Thanks to the “meltdown of humanity” that occurred this week while the Syrian Army was in the midst of capturing Aleppo, few noticed that the violence in the rest of Syria is hardly drawing to a close. This month, ISIS troops entered the historic city of Palmyra, ending over half a year of Syrian Army control over the ancient city.

Because the Syrian Army doesn’t have the ability to recapture the entire country, it has recently been focusing on the most populated areas in the west. These areas are primarily controlled by the rebels, meaning that ISIS encounters far less resistance. As such, it used this opportunity to stage another symbolic battle. Palmyra is hardly a strategic target, but it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of Syria’s past that ISIS wants to destroy.