29/05/2015

Press review 23 – 29th May

Al Qaeda’s Syria branch seeks image makeover in West, 28th May 2015 Jordan Time

Al Qaeda’s Syria franchise is striving to reinvent itself as a legitimate opposition force that is more acceptable to the West, but it is unlikely to succeed, analysts said Thursday.

In a rare television interview, Al Nusra Front chief Abu Mohamed Al Jolani vowed not to use Syria as a springboard to attack the West and said he would be willing to protect minorities.

From Syria to Serbia: The migrants’ Balkan backdoor – 28th May 2015 Middle East Eye

Refugees from Syria who take the less well known Western Balkan route to the EU face being robbed at gunpoint, beaten and taken hostage.

Islamic State photos purport to show unharmed Palmyra ruins – 28th May 2015 – Egypt Independent.

Islamic State posted photographs online which it said were taken in the central Syrian city of Palmyra and appeared to show its ancient ruins unharmed since the hardline group seized it from government forces.

Palestine’s abandoned parliament – a history of cities in 50 buildings, day 46 – The Guardian

Just beyond an 8-metre-high grey concrete wall – in some places decorated with graffiti and in some places burnt black by demonstrators – lies the building that was slated to become the Palestinian parliament

Rebels capture last Syrian town in northwestern province 29th of May 2015, France 24

The Syrian army has pulled back from the northwestern city of Ariha after a coalition of insurgent groups seized the last city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border that was still held by the government