The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it. -If it loses its grip on its territory in Syria and Iraq, it will cease to be a caliphate.
Sutton Hoo in East Anglia is one of the most important archaeological sites in England. The weapons, clothing and other objects buried in the Anglo-Saxon cemeteries show that trade networks in the 6th and 7th century reached as far away as Europe and Asia. Now new research conducted at the British Museum and University of Aberdeen reveals that trading even resulted in a solid form of oil known as bitumen making its way all the way to England from what is now Syria.
https://flic.kr/p/s9n9wS | The Battle of Nineveh 627-AD | In the Early 7th century the fortunes of the Byzantine Empire were at a low ebb. The Sassanid Persian armies of King Chosroes II had conquered Egypt, Syria, Armenia, and Anatolia, and were camped outside of Constantinople. Emperor Heraclius resolved on a counteroffensive, and in 622 he sailed with an army to the north cost of Asia Minor.In a series of campaigns over the following years he harassed the Persians, building up his army's…
photo of Syria, north of Aleppo, Saint Simeon (Qalaat Samaan), ruins of an orthodox church, monastery and basilica of the 7th century built by the Byzantine emperor. It is said that St.Simeon has spent 36 years on top of a pillar in the hope to get his monastery