ISIS Fighters Seize Control of Syrian City of Palmyra, and Ancient Ruins

Update: ISIS Fighters Seize Control of Syrian City of Palmyra, and Ancient Ruins

Islamic State fighters seized around a third of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra after heavy clashes with the Iraqi army and allied militia, it was reported today.

Militants had advanced towards the city, known as Tadmur in Arabic, over the weekend but were repelled.

They are now understood to have made significant gains, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

The city is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site and Syria’s antiquities chief has said the insurgents would destroy ancient ruins if they took control of it…

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  • Hard Little Machine

    Is that the organization that declared any random synagogue in the mideast the 9th most holy site in all of Islam. Fuck em.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The real significance of ISIS overrunning Palmyra is that it’s very close to the Lebanese border. This sets up a confrontation with Hezbollah, knowing what the ISIS p0eople think of Shiites.

  • Oracle9

    NYT say’s there’s ‘concern’ about the ancient riches. No need for concern – the Western nations could do something had we not already decided that we ourselves are not worth saving, let alone the Middle East and its ancient heritage. Palmyra’s toast.

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