Tag Archives: Syria

Russian team creates 3D model to preserve Palmyra as fighting intensifies

The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg has joined forces with a Russian archaeological institute to build an interactive virtual model of Palmyra, a task that is becoming ever-more important as reports emerged today (20 January) that Islamic State (Isil) militants have destroyed the ancient city’s amphitheatre and a tetrapylon. When archaeologists and antiquities experts from the two institutions visited Palmyra, in Syria, in late September, they did not know that drone footage and co-ordinates they collected would capture a snapshot of the Unesco World Heritage site just over two months before it fell to Isil for the second time in less than two years.

Palmyra’s monuments demolished in ‘new war crime’ by IS

Islamic State militants have partially destroyed two ancient monuments in the Syrian city of Palmyra, according to Syria’s state news agency and antiquities experts.

The SANA agency and Syria’s antiquities chief said the group had destroyed a facade of the site’s Roman amphitheatre, dating back to the 1st century AD, in recent days.

Middle East war: Mosul, Deir Ezzor, Palmyra

The war against Islamic state continues in Middle East. While Iraqi forces win, Syrian forces have serious problems.

Iraqi security forces (ISF) have cleared from ISIS militants the Mosul Park and the areas of Al-Muhandisin, Nurqal, Taqafah and the Ancient Nineveh, de-facto setting up control over the whole eastern part of Mosul. ISF units also gained control over 5 Mosul bridges from the eastern side of the city.

USA | Why Everything You’ve Read About Syria and Iraq Could be Wrong

by Patrick Cockburn

The Iraqi army, backed by US-led airstrikes, is trying to capture east Mosul at the same time as the Syrian army and its Shia paramilitary allies are fighting their way into east Aleppo. An estimated 300 civilians have been killed in Aleppo by government artillery and bombing in the last fortnight, and in Mosul there are reportedly some 600 civilian dead over a month.

UK | When Mosul falls, Isis will flee to the safety of Syria. But what then?

by Robert Fisk

The entire Isis caliphate army could be directed against the Assad government and its allies – a scenario which might cause some satisfaction in Washington.