Syria Civil War: Palmyra Damage in Pictures-BBC News
The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria has been recaptured by Syrian troops from ISIS and pictures are beginning to be released from the Unesco World Heritage Site. ISIS held Palmyra for ten months destroying famous archeological sites such as two 2,000 year-old temples, an arch and funerary towers. However, many of the ancient city’s ruins remain intact. “The landscape, in general, is in good shape,” Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told the AFP news agency.
Witness Describes Trying to Save Kids from Easter Attack in Pakistan-CBS News
A suicide bombing on Sunday at an amusement park in Lahore, Pakistan targeting Christians celebrating Easter killed 70 people and wounded at least 300 others, including women and children. During the attack, ambulances rushed in to take those that were injured while parents searched for their children. “I carried 20 children to be taken to hospital. I moved three bodies to a police car. At the time of the blast, the children were taking a ride at the fairground,” a witness said. A Taliban faction Jaamat ul Araar has taken responsibility for the attack. This attack warns Christians the minority in Pakistan that they will experience violence because of their faith.
Who Will Become a Terrorist? Research Yields Few Clues-NY Times
The backgrounds of terrorists and potential terrorists are so diverse from violent criminal records to people that seem to live a normal suburban life making it hard for governments to figure out what influences people to become terrorists. Poverty, extroverts, young men struggling with a sense of self have all been traits researchers have used to determine who will become a terrorist. However, these generalizations also create increased suspicion on innocent people. Additionally, researchers when analyzing terrorism rarely have access to terrorists or control groups. “We talk a very good game. But from the national security standpoint, we still have a scorecard mentality of early identifications and sting operations,” John Horgan, a professor at Georgia State University who has conducted numerous government-funded studies said.