On Sunday March 27, the army of Bashar Al-Assad took Palmyra from the hands of ISIS. The Jihadists took the city in May 2015 and destroyed a part of its archaeological heritage, to the great disapproval of the international community. Ever since, international organisations had been demanding for the ancient city – classified as World Heritage by UNESCO – to be retaken.
Although this advance is encouraging in the fight against ISIS, the apparent decline of the Jihadists in Syria does not resolve the question of Bashar Al-Assad’s fate as on-going ruler of the country. On Wednesday March 30, the Syrian opposition rejected Mr. Assad’s proposal to form a government of national unity, opposition leaders continuing to favour a transitional authority where Assad would have no role to play.
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