Russians building army base at Syria’s Palmyra site
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Russians building army base at Syria’s Palmyra site

BEIRUT (AP) — The Russian military is constructing a new army base in the central Syrian town of Palmyra, within the protected zone that holds the archaeological site listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site and without asking for permission from relevant authorities, an American heritage organization and a top Syrian archaeologist said Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Syria’s Palmyra: Ghost town bearing scars of IS destruction
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Syria’s Palmyra: Ghost town bearing scars of IS destruction

  PALMYRA, Syria (AP) — Explosions rocked the ancient town of Palmyra on Friday, Apr. 1, and on the horizon, black smoke wafted behind its majestic Roman ruins, as Syrian army experts carefully detonated hundreds of mines they say were planted by Islamic State militants before they fled the town. An Associated Press crew visiting … Continue reading

Syrian official: Amount of damage at Palmyra temple unclear
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Syrian official: Amount of damage at Palmyra temple unclear

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian official in charge of antiquities said Monday his government has not been able to determine how much damage an explosion near the ancient Temple of Bel caused the ancient structure in the militant-controlled city of Palmyra. Activists, including a Palmyra resident, said an Islamic State bombing extensively damaged the … Continue reading

Islamic State group blows up 2 mausoleums in Syria’s Palmyra
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Islamic State group blows up 2 mausoleums in Syria’s Palmyra

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have destroyed two historic mausoleums in Palmyra, Syria’s top antiquities official said Wednesday, raising fears that the extremists could next target the town’s famed Roman ruins. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the government’s Antiquities and Museums Department, told The Associated Press that the extremists destroyed the grave of Mohammad … Continue reading