The harsh realities of the Syrian conflict are laid bare in Aleppo and Palmyra
Tim Eaton, December 2016
The re-capture of Aleppo is the most significant victory for the regime in the conflict to date. It has led some to predict that the war is entering its final stages, and that the rebels may soon be defeated. Yet, while there is no doubt that it will come as a heavy blow to Assad’s opponents, IS’s re-entry into Palmyra exposes the limits of regime capacity.