Syrian state TV says troops enter ISIL-held Palmyra

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[…]

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ISIL blows up Arch of Triumph in Palmyra

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[…]

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ISIL captures last government oilfield in Syria

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[…]

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Palmyra situation looking dim: UNOSAT

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[…]

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ISIL beheads archaeologist in Palmyra

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[…]

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Isis destroys 2,000-year-old Palmyra statue

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[…]

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The other side of ISIL’s taking of Palmyra

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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