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…