This is coolbert:
Indeed we have bad news and thanks to Freeper:
"Syrian Battle Edges Closer to Historic Crusader Castle"
That ideal castle from the Crusader period, Krak of the Chevaliers imperiled by the civil war as raging in Syria.
"President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have surrounded rebels near the already war-damaged Crusader castle of Crac des Chevaliers, a UNESCO World Heritage site in central Syria, residents said on Wednesday. Crac des Chevaliers, built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem in the 12th-13th centuries and among the best-preserved examples of the Crusader castles, suffered mortar hits last year when rebels from the town of al-Hosn below the hill-top castle hid behind its thick stone walls, built for battles hundreds of years ago."
Krak having NEVER BEEN CAPTURED, ONLY EVACUATION BY THE CRUSADER FORCES THROUGH THE USE OF RUSE WITH TERMS THE ONLY MEANS FOR CONQUEST!
Given time and money Krak would be very high on the list of places "a must see"!
See my previous blog entry regarding Krak.
Also, for a period of three years nothing more heard of Aleppo and the Citadel. That Citadel sitting atop dominant terrain and a symbol of ruling power. NOW occupied by whom exactly? This is unclear.