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As Islamic State captures Syrian city of Palmyra, concern over ancient ruins increases

May 21, 2015

As Islamic State captures Syrian city of Palmyra, concern over ancient ruins increases

It was unclear by nightfall how close to Palmyra's famed archaeological site the militants had advanced, activists said, adding that Syrian soldiers were seen fleeing the area. #Syria #NewsTracker #Iraq #islamic-state #IS #Palmyra #archeology #Syrian fighters
Islamic State in control of Palmyra ruins, say Syrian activists

May 21, 2015

Islamic State in control of Palmyra ruins, say Syrian activists

Syrian activists say the Islamic State militants, after seizing the ancient town of Palmyra in central Syria, are now also in full control of its famed archaeological site. #Syria #NewsTracker #ruins #islamic-state #ISIS #IS #Syrian activists #Palmyra
Islamic State's Egypt affiliate urges attacks on judges - recording| Reuters

May 21, 2015

Islamic State's Egypt affiliate urges attacks on judges - recording| Reuters

CAIRO Islamic State's Egypt affiliate on Wednesday urged followers to attack judges, declaring a new front in an Islamist militant insurgency in the world's most populous Arab state. The leader of the group, Sinai Province, called for violence against judges in an audio statement posted on a prominent jihadist website on Wednesday. Reuters could not confirm the authenticity of the recording. #United States #Syria #Egypt #France #Middle East #markets #Africa #Latin America #Entertainment #lifestyle
Islamic State seizes ancient city from Syrian forces| Reuters

May 21, 2015

Islamic State seizes ancient city from Syrian forces| Reuters

BEIRUT Islamic State militants stormed the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, seizing it from government forces in fierce fighting as civilians were evacuated and Syria's antiquities chief called on the world to save its ancient monuments. The capture of Palmyra is the first time the al Qaeda offshoot has taken control of a city directly from the Syrian army and allied forces, which have already lost ground in the northwest and south to other insurgent groups in recent weeks. The central city, also known as Tadmur, is built alongside the remains of a oasis civilisation whose colonnaded streets, temple and theatre have stood for 2,000 years #Business #Economy #Sports #Syria #Middle East #United Kingdom #Latin America #Entertainment #lifestyle
Islamic State insurgents storm ancient Syrian city, civilians flee | Reuters

May 21, 2015

Islamic State insurgents storm ancient Syrian city, civilians flee | Reuters

BEIRUT Islamic State stormed the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, seizing parts of it from government forces in fierce fighting as civilians were evacuated and Syria's antiquities chief called on the world to save its ancient ruins. If the al Qaeda offshoot takes over Palmyra it would be the first time it has captured a city directly from President Bashar al-Assad's forces, which have already lost ground in northwest and southern Syria to other insurgent groups in recent weeks. The central city, also known as Tadmur, is built alongside the remains of a oasis civilisation whose monumental colonnaded streets, temple and theatre have stood for 2,000 years. #Economy #Sports #India #Syria #markets #Africa #Italy #Iraq #Entertainment #lifestyle

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How power relationships among nations shaped the Ukraine crisis

Mar 04, 2014

How power relationships among nations shaped the Ukraine crisis

Editor's note: This is a reader we received on the piece 'Another Cold War? India cant ignore Crimea crisis in Ukraine'. As per Firstpost policy, the comment has been lightly edited for spellings and grammar. #India #China #Barack Obama #Syria #Russia #ConnectTheDots #Cold War #LetterstoFP #Vladimir Putin #Ukraine #US-Russia ties #Crimea
Life in Israel Caught amidst hostile neighbours, bad options

Dec 03, 2012

Life in Israel Caught amidst hostile neighbours, bad options

Without going into the compelling but competing narratives of why and how Israel landed in what seems a perpetually hostile dynamic, it is easy to see that it is surrounded by hostile neighbors and there is no strategic depth of geography. #HowThisWorks #Syria #Al-Qaeda #Israel #Golan Heights