A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a Syrian policeman patrolling the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID        (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian Regime Regains Control of Palmyra From Islamic State

BEIRUT—Syrian regime forces regained control of the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State militants on Sunday after weeks of fighting, state media and a monitoring group said, their first significant victory in Syria against the extremists.

Palmyra would provide President Bashar al-Assad’s army with a gateway to areas under the militants’ control in the country’s east, and mark the latest territorial loss for Islamic State after a series of setbacks in its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

  • Ed

    The words “regains” and “control” have very special meaning in the middle east…

  • Jay Currie

    Trying to see the good news here… Nope, one group of murderous thugs gets rid of another with the help of Russian air power. Best I can say is meh.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    The camel jockeys already blew the best old buildings to smithereens…..