December 2016: ISIS Recaptures Palmyra
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of December 2016.
1. French President Hollande Won't Seek Reelection 2. Sexual Abuse Scandal Strikes English Soccer 3. Italian Prime Minister Renzi Resigns 4. South Korean Lawmakers Vote to Impeach President Park 5. Kurdish Militants Kill Dozens in Istanbul 6. ISIS Recaptures Palmyra 7. Coptic Christians Targeted in Cairo 8. Boeing Lands First Post-Sanctions Deal with Iran 9. Canadian Actor Alan Thicke Dies 10. Aleppo Back in Government Hands 11. Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Turkey 12. ISIS Strikes Christmas Market in Berlin 13. IMF Head Christine Lagarde Found Guilty 14. Explosions Level Mexican Fireworks Market 15. Singer George Michael Dies 16. New Syrian Cease-Fire
- ISIS Recaptures Palmyra
- On Dec. 11, 2016, The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) retook the city of Palmyra in Syria. In a major advance, the militants take advantage of Russian and Syrian troops being distracted in Aleppo, Syria to retake the city from which they were expelled nine months ago. The city of Palmyra is an ancient city with 2,000-year-old ruins and great symbolic meaning. The city is also an important part of the ongoing Syrian civil war because of its central location. The last time ISIS occupied Palmyra, they destroyed ancient temples and other artifacts.
- Photo source: Associated Press