Sunday, March 27, 2016

Here, Anne Barnard of the New York Times expresses concern over the human civilian toll of the takeover of Palmyra from ISIS

Having ignored the weeks-long battles between Syrian regime forces (and Hizbullah forces) against ISIS forces (because these battles run counter to the narrative promoted by Syrian rebels and Western correspondents in Beirut to the effect that Syrian regime forces (and their allies) never ever engage in battles against ISIS), Anne Barnard suddenly discovers that that the battles are taking place (she had a brief dispatch only a few days ago) but uses the language of Syrian regime forces are "said to take over the city".  But then adds this: "while also enduring heavy shelling on civilian areas by government forces."  But the New York Times never expresses concern about civilian areas in ISIS territory when the bombers are US or their allies in Iraq or Syria?