Islamic State seizes control of Palmyra

21 May 2015 9:33 AM | Anonymous

Islamic State seizes control of Palmyra

Syrian government forces withdraw leaving archaeological site under serious threat

by Martin Bailey  |  21 May 2015

Islamic State (IS) militia has seized control of Palmyra, the most important archaeological site in Syria. Fears are growing that extremists may destroy the Roman remains, which they see as representing pre-Islamic religious beliefs. The IS military breakthrough came after a week of fighting. Its militia broke through Syrian government forces at Tadmur, the modern town that lies adjacent to the ruins, and is occupying at least part of the archaeological site.
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