Meanwhile inside Iraq, ISIL forces reportedly were pressing eastward from Ramadi down the Euphrates toward Habbaniya where Shia militias and some Sunni tribes are massing for a proposed counterattack on Ramadi. ISIL overran Iraqi government defensive line in Husaiba, east of Ramadi, earlier today. Ramadi fell to the insurgents on Sunday.
Back in Syria, ISIL consolidated its hold over the city of Palmyra on Thursday and have now entered the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra and its ancient ruins. Its possible destruction in the hands of the militants will be “an enormous loss to humanity,” UNESCO said today. ISIL is now in control of the city’s airport, infamous prison, and intelligence HQ, the Syrian Observatory reported from Palmyra. The city lies on a strategic route through the desert.
Photo above: ISIL fighters at al-Tanf border crossing (AP/BBC)
Bottom photo: The ancient site of Palmyra (AFP)