Palmyra ruins: UNESCO World Heritage site in better shape than expected

Daily News SX,
28 March 2016, Syria

When the Islamic State group made a point of showing the world its wanton destruction of priceless historic artifacts in the millennia-old city of Palmyra in Syria, it only added to the outrage against ISIS (another name for the terrorist organization). However, as Syrian troops — backed by Russian air and ground forces — ousted ISIS and recaptured the UNESCO World Heritage site Sunday, there is new hope that the damage inflicted by the terrorists is not as bad as previously thought, and that at least some of the destroyed sites can be rebuilt.