Nine of Syria and Iraq’s 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Satellite imagery released by the United Nations has confirmed Isis destroyed one of the most important ruins in the ancient city of Palmyra.

The destruction of the 1st-century Temple of Bel appears to be part of a broader campaign by the group against not just Palmyra but a variety of ancient sites; a campaign that appears to be motivated by both ideology and greed.

Worse still, Isis is only one part of a wider situation in Syria and Iraq where a number of important historical areas are considered at risk.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Level the entire country and everything and everyone in it. Sterilize it and start over but with humans this time.

  • Minicapt

    Declare Syria and Northern Iraq as Special Forces Live-fire Training Areas with ISIS an Al Qaida as ‘targets of opportunity. Tell the locals they’ll have to figure out a suitable means of being identified as “Not Targets” if they wish to survive.