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  • IS at gates of Syria’s Palmyra raising fears for ancient city

    BEIRUT: Fighters of the self-styled Islamic State group advanced to the gates of ancient Palmyra on Thursday, raising fears the Syrian world heritage site could face destruction of the kind the jihadists have already wreaked in Iraq...

    Irina Bokova, head of the UN’s cultural body Unesco, called on Syrian troops and extremists to spare Palmyra, saying it “represents an irreplaceable treasure for the Syrian people, and the world”... ...

  • IS razes Palmyra prison

    BEIRUT: The self-styled Islamic State on Saturday demolished a prison in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a monitor said, eliminating what was for decades one of the country’s most feared detention centres...

    The jail was “largely destroyed after IS planted explosives inside and around it”, 10 days after the jihadists seized Palmyra from regime forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said...

  • Syrian planes pound IS positions in Palmyra

    BEIRUT: Syrian government aircraft carried out intense strikes on Monday against the self-styled Islamic State group in and around the ancient city of Palmyra after its fall to the jihadists, a military source said...

    “The air force struck more than 160 Daesh targets, killing and wounding terrorists and destroying weapons and vehicles equipped with machineguns” on Palmyra’s outskirts and elsewhere in the east of Homs province, the...

  • IS militants tie captives to Palmyra columns, blow them up

    BEIRUT: The self-styled Islamic State (IS) group killed three of its captives in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra by tying them to Roman-era columns at the site, then blowing the structures up with explosives, activists said Tuesday...

    IS has also destroyed many of ancient Palmyra's Roman-era relics, including the magnificent Temple of Bel and the iconic Arch of Triumph...

  • Iran congratulates Syria's Assad on regaining Palmyra

    DUBAI: The secretary of the Iranian National Security Council has congratulated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on regaining the city of Palmyra, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday...

    Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian air support drove Islamic State out of Palmyra on Sunday, inflicting what the army called a "mortal blow" to militants who seized the city last year and dynamited its ancient temples...

  • Official: Islamic State blows up tower tombs in Syria's Palmyra

    DAMASCUS: A Syrian government official in charge of antiquities says that militants belonging to Daesh or the self-styled Islamic State group have destroyed three ancient tower tombs in the central city of Palmyra...

    Explore more: How IS profits from destruction of antiquitiesIslamic State, which has declared a caliphate in land it holds across Syria and Iraq, captured Palmyra from Syrian government control in May...

  • Army mounts pressure on IS in central Syria after seizing Palmyra

    BEIRUT: Regime troops were locked in heavy fighting on Tuesday with the militant Islamic State (IS) group in central Syria, where they dealt the fighters a major blow by seizing the ancient city of Palmyra...

    Just two days after seizing Palmyra from IS, pro-government fighters advanced southwest towards the militant-held town of Al Qaryatain, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said...

  • IS blows up Arch of Triumph in Syria's Palmyra

    BEIRUT: Self-styled Islamic State (IS) extremists have blown up the famous Arch of Triumph in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, the country's head of antiquities said Monday, as the group presses its campaign to tear down the treasured heritage site...

    The group has already destroyed the shrine of Baal Shamin and the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel, regarded as Palmyra's masterpiece, since overrunning the citadel in May...

  • Fears after IS mines ancient ruins in Palmyra

    DAMASCUS: Fighters of the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group have mined the spectacular ancient ruins in Syria’s Palmyra, an antiquities official and a monitor said on Sunday, prompting fears for the Unesco World Heritage site...

    Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said that the group had laid mines and explosives in Palmyra’s Greco-Roman ruins...

  • IS blows up ancient monument in Palmyra

    BEIRUT: Jihadists of the self-styled Islamic State have blown up the Arch of Triumph in Syria’s Palmyra, the country’s antiquities chief said on Monday, stepping up their campaign of destruction at the world heritage site...

    Syrian antiquities director Maamun Abdulkarim warned of a catastrophe unfolding in Palmyra, which the jihadists have been dismantling since capturing it in May...

  • IS inflicts irreparable damage on Palmyra

    PALMYRA: Militants have reduced several temples, columns and other treasures to heaps of stone in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, which archaeologists fear will never be fully restored to its former glory...

    In Palmyra’s stunning Roman theatre, jihadists have written their names on one wall while another is riddled with bullet marks...

  • Mass grave of IS victims found in Syria's Palmyra

    DAMASCUS: Syrian troops have found a mass grave containing the bodies of 42 people executed by the militant Islamic State (IS) in Palmyra, as Washington warned the group's leader will eventually “taste justice”...

    Days after Syrian troops backed by Russian forces recaptured Palmyra and its ancient ruins, the army “uncovered a mass grave of officers, soldiers, members of the popular committees (pro-regime militia) and their relatives,”...

  • Mass grave of IS victims found in Palmyra

    DAMASCUS: Syrian troops have found a mass grave containing the bodies of 42 people executed by members of the militant Islamic State (IS) group in Palmyra, sources said...

    Days after Syrian troops recaptured Palmyra and its ancient ruins, the army “uncovered a mass grave of officers, soldiers, members of the popular committees (pro-regime militia) and their relatives,” a military source said on Saturday...

  • IS beheads elderly ex-antiquities chief in Syria's Palmyra

    BEIRUT: The Islamic State group has beheaded the 82-year-old former antiquities director for the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief and a monitor said...

    Photos purporting to show Khaled al-Assad's body tied to a post in Palmyra were circulated online by IS supporters...

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