Will ISIS destroy ancient Palmyra?

June 17, 2015By Richard C Pendrynews, Syria No Comments

In May 2015, ISIS seized the city of Palmyra, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies in the Syrian Desert 215km north east of the capital Damascus. Another World Heritage Site the city of Hatra in northern Iraq has already become a casualty of the fanatical group.  The question is; will ISIS destroy ancient Palmyra? … Read More

Damascus, Learning Arabic

December 4, 2008By Richard C Pendrynews No Comments

Damascus, Syria, December 2008 I had a few months to spare and decided to try to work on my poor Arabic which I had acquired in Iraq. My research narrowed my linguistic pursuit down to two areas: Yemen or Damascus.  I chose Damascus and had a great time.               … Read More