Why IS militants destroy ancient sites

01 Sep 2015 1:15 PM | Anonymous

Why IS militants destroy ancient sites

By Dr David Roberts King's College, London

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Satellite image of Palmyra showing destruction of the Temple of BelImage caption Satellite image of Palmyra showing destruction of the Temple of Bel in August 2015

 

The destruction of the grandest, most important temple in the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra has flung so-called Islamic State's (IS) barbarous actions back into international consciousness.

Many will wonder why anyone would so actively seek to raze historical and cultural marvels that have lasted millennia.

But for the IS bulldozers, the rationale is straightforward and fulfils several readily identifiable goals.  

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34112593

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