Ten years ago Palmyra was the most beautiful and evocative ruined classical city from the ancient world
There is no way you can condense the war in Syria into a simplistic good guys versus bad guys narrative for the evening news or a tabloid opinion piece. No side has not suffered at the hands of others and no side has not caused any suffering for others.
'The landscape, in general, is in good shape.'
The ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, captured 10 months ago by members of the Islamic State group, was feared completely destroyed
The point here is that the Assad regime has a very long history of destroying Syria's heritage sites. However with the ascent of the so-called Islamic State, the crimes against heritage committed by the Assad regime go unnoticed and it creates questionable euphoria when places like Palmyra are captured.
Expertise on the way terror groups operate will be indispensable to teams preparing to work in at-risk areas whist documentation of destruction by heritage professionals has the potential to expand our knowledge of how terror groups adapt their strategy. Furthermore there is great potential to counter terrorist narrative and build resilience to extremist ideologies using culture and heritage.
Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) militants have destroyed an almost 2,000-year-old arch in the ancient city
Islamic State militants have destroyed three ancient tower tombs in the central city of Palmyra, a Syrian government official
A February 26, 2015, screen grab showing a militant using a power tool to destroy a winged-bull Assyrian deity at the Museum
The site seen from a satellite in June In August, IS beheaded renowned antiquities scholar Khaled al-Asaad, who had spend