Islamic State fighters have severely damaged a major Roman monument in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, an antiquities official said after visiting the site on Saturday. Under heavy Russian air cover, the Syrian army and allied militias drove the militant group out of the UNESCO world heritage site on[…]
The Syrian advance comes amid a government offensive to capture Palmyra that began earlier this month with support from Russian fighter jets. A Russian commando who was calling in coordinates for air strikes was killed, said an unidentified Russian military spokesman from the Hmeymim base in Latakia. “The soldier died[…]
The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) have destroyed the nearly 2,000-year-old Arch of Triumph in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria’s head of antiquities and activists have said. The arch was one of the most recognisable sites in Palmyra, the central city affectionately known by Syrians as the[…]
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters have captured the last major oilfield under Syrian government control during deadly clashes over a vast central desert zone, a monitoring group said. The Jazal field was now shut down and clashes were ongoing east of Homs, with casualties reported[…]
The demolition of Palmyra’s Temple of Bel represents a tragedy, not only for the history of the Syria people but that of the global community as well, according to The U.N. Training and Research Agency (UNOSAT). The nearly 2,000-year old Roman Temple, considered amongst the most historically significant structures in[…]
OPINION by James Denselow – In the shadow of the terrible air strikes that rained down on a marketplace in the Damascus suburb of Douma earlier this week killing and maiming hundreds, came another death on Tuesday that added to Syria’s death toll of a quarter of a million. Khaled[…]
Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) beheaded an antiquities scholar in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and hung his body on a column in a main square of the historic site, Syria’s antiquities chief said on Tuesday. ISIL, which controls swathes of Syria and[…]
Islamic State (Isis) radicals have destroyed a 2,000-year-old statue of a lion outside the museum in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the country’s antiquities director has said. Maamoun Abdelkarim said the statue, known as the Lion of al-Lat, was an irreplaceable piece. “IS members on Saturday destroyed the Lion of[…]
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group says it has destroyed two ancient shrines close to the Syrian city of Palmyra, seized by the armed group a month ago. Photographs posted online appeared to show the shrines, 4km from Palmyra, being blown up and reduced to rubble[…]
Amidst a burgeoning notoriety for the trail of blood it has left and the human rights atrocities it has committed across large parts of Syria and Iraq, The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is now gaining infamy on a different front; the destructive campaign it has launched[…]
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