In de laatste toespraak van Hans Jansen in het Euro Parlement had hij het over die cultuurvernietiging door islam:
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En die nep-coalitie tegen ISIS laat het gebeuren:
Syria’s heritage in peril as ISIL captures Palmyra
Syrian army has collapsed after deadly battles to foil group’s offensive, according to monitoring group and activists.
Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have taken full control of Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, according to activists and a monitoring group.
The Syrian army has collapsed and ISIL has taken over the city, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
They managed to capture two gas fields, leaving hundreds dead.
Assad begint zo onderhand een probleem te krijgen. Zoals op het kaartje te zien is Palmyra een belangrijk verbindingspunt. En IS heeft er weer twee gasvelden bij en een vliegveld.
Het is voor het eerst dat het IS is gelukt een stad direct te veroveren op het Syrische leger. Eerder vandaag meldde het Syrische Observatorium voor de Mensenrechten dat IS-strijders ongeveer eenderde van de historische Syrische stad hebben veroverd na hevige gevechten met Syrische militairen en hun bondgenoten.
The loss of the city and its surrounding gas fields, which supply electricity to much of the Assad regime’s strongholds in western Syria, is another strategic defeat that could expose Homs and Damascus to the terror group’s advances.
Isis also appeared to have taken control of major facilities in and around the city, including the legendary military prison of Tadmur, the modern name for Palmyra, a symbol of state repression for decades.
The terror group advanced into the city after seizing its northern districts earlier in the day, backed by suicide bombers and artillery.
Activists said the regime had begun launching retaliatory air strikes on the city and much of it fell into darkness with widespread electricity outages.
The loss of Palmyra and the surrounding gas fields, al-Hail and Arak, is a major strategic defeat for the Assad regime. The fields supply much of the electricity in the regime’s western strongholds, allowing the militant group to potentially profit from selling power back to Assad.
It also severs key supply lines to embattled regime forces in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, where they are also fighting a persistent Isis encroachment. In addition, it opens the road to a possible offensive by the militants on Homs and Damascus, key regime strongholds.
The fall of Palmyra also raises questions about the fighting capability and cohesion of Assad’s remaining troops and allied militias, whose rapid collapse surprised observers, given their close proximity to supply lines and the strategic importance of the city.
The regime is stretched thin after a string of losses to rebels in Idlib in the north, who are backed by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, but residents had expected Assad’s forces to withstand the siege for longer. Instead, they appear to be retrenching in the country’s west, cutting their losses in the face of advances by both Isis and the opposition.
“The regime didn’t seem to put up a sustained fight against the Isis attack on Palmyra, which is in and of itself concerning,” said Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and author of Profiling the Islamic State. “Increasingly over the last several months, a new regime strategy has been emerging whereby only the most strategically critical locations and regions receive total support and thus put up the most resistance against attack.”
Palmyra is the second city to be seized by Isis in less than a week, after the militants routed Iraqi security forces in Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province, highlighting the group’s resilience in the face of a US-led coalition air campaign and the limits of its strategy.
“Far from being degraded, Isis is still advancing in important areas – capturing Ramadi and Palmyra in the same week speaks volumes as to the group’s continued capabilities,” said Lister.
Video: ISIS controls ancient city of Palmyra