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  • Replica of Syrian arch destroyed by Isis unveiled in New York City [Baal]

    09/25/2016 3:29:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 20 September 2016 | Raya Jalabi
    Model of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph, an 1,800-year-old Roman arch blown up by the extremist group last year, was made using 3D printing technology The arch historically served as the entrance to the 2,000 Temple of Baal, which was then converted to a Christian church and finally, a mosque. First put on display in Trafalgar Square in London last April, it will stay at City Hall park for one week, before moving to its next destination, Dubai. The 11-tonne arch was placed in the small park directly outside of New York’s city hall, in the heart of the financial district....
  • Two Russian pilots killed as IS downs helicopter near Syria's Palmyra

    07/09/2016 2:29:26 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 42 replies ^ | July 9, 2016 | MEE and agencies
    Helicopter was brought down with aid of American TOW antitank missile system, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported
  • In Syria, Russian Orchestra Plays Bach In Ancient Theater Where ISIS Executed 25

    05/05/2016 10:50:05 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 10 replies ^ | MAY 5, 2016 | ANDREW E. KRAMER and ANDREW HIGGINS
    PALMYRA, Syria — Russia has made its mark on Syria with the crash of bombs and the thud of artillery. On Thursday the Russians added gentler sounds: live classical music echoing through an ancient stone theater and into the eerie, empty desert. Extending its soft power into the Syrian conflict, Russia deployed a symphony orchestra led by one of its best-known conductors, Valery Gergiev, and the cellist Sergei P. Roldugin, Their performance space was Palmyra, the city of ruins left by Roman and other ancient civilizations and ruined further by the depredations of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS...
  • Pray for Palmyra: World-Famous Russian Orchestra Performs in Ancient City

    05/05/2016 9:04:09 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 5 replies
    Russian orchestra, conducted by the theater's Artistic and General Director Valery Gergiev, is holding a "Pray for Palmyra. Music Revives Ancient Ruins" concert on the stage of Palmyra's historic amphitheater. According to Syrian Culture Minister Issam Khalil, the concert of the Russian world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra in the Syrian city of Palmyra is dedicated to the upcoming Victory Day.
  • Russian conductor Valery Gergiev to hold Palmyra concert

    A renowned Russian conductor will perform in the ruins of Palmyra in Syria on Thursday, Russian media say. Valery Gergiev, who supported Vladimir Putin's presidential run in 2012, will perform at Palmyra's Roman Theatre, Rossiya 24 reported. Syrian forces, backed by Russian air strikes, took back Palmyra from the so-called Islamic State (IS) in March. Last July, IS posted footage online showing some of its fighters carrying out killings in the ancient theatre. Rossiya 24 said the concert would be broadcast on Russian television later on Thursday. Mr Gergiev travelled to Syria with the Symphony Orchestra of St Petersburg's Mariinsky...
  • Why Violent Islamists Assault Antiquity

    04/13/2016 1:11:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | April 13, 2016 | Austin Bay
    Violent political Islamists intentionally target irreplaceable archeological and historical sites for sensational obliteration. Internet videos record the ISIS's calculated destruction of Syria's city of Palmyra. Prior to Palmyra, Nimrud (northern Iraq) was bulldozed before cameras. Jonah's Tomb (Jonah and the Whale), located in a mosque in the ISIS occupied city of Mosul, was blown to bits. ISIS radicals said Jonah's presence in the mosque was an apostasy. Like beheading Arab Christians, raping Yazidi women, murdering captured Iraqi soldiers and burning alive a Sunni Muslim Jordanian Air Force officer -- all acts of heinous, premeditated cruelty -- violent Islamists see destroying...
  • A Satanic Election Day in New York? Gates of Baal to be erected.

    04/06/2016 9:43:47 AM PDT · by dangus · 90 replies
    Vanity. Sources within. | Dangus
    The main reason I don't get sucked into conspiracy theories is that my own brain creates them so easily that they never truly impress me. They're usually built on taking a few coincidences or lapses in data, and combining these with sinister motives presumed a priori. But this is still just plain "ick." A lot of alternative news sources are covering the fact that the Temple of Baal, destroyed by ISIS, will not only be rebuilt, but "temporary" facsimile structures will be built in New York, London and elsewhere. You probably have read news reports about how saddened the...
  • April 19: Temple Of Baal In New York Is Going Up On Significant Day

    03/31/2016 3:59:50 PM PDT · by Lera · 54 replies
    I am about to share with you some absolutely astounding information. It turns out that the exact day when reproductions of the arch that stood in front of the Temple of Baal are going to be erected in Times Square in New York City and in Trafalgar Square in London is also the exact day when a very important occult festival related to the worship of Baal begins. April 19th is the first day of a 13 day period of time known as "the Blood Sacrifice to the Beast" that culminates on the high occult holy day of Beltane on...
  • Russia to offer US-led coalition to jointly clear mines in Syria’s Palmyra — source

    03/29/2016 4:08:12 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 11 replies
    TASS ^ | 29/3/2016
    "The Defense Ministry of Russia will soon propose to the US-led coalition to take part in the mine-clearing operation in Palmyra," the source said. The Russian Defense Ministry hopes that "at least some members, if not the entire coalition, will support the Russian initiative." Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov said on Monday that Russia was bringing combat engineers with robots and mine-sniffing dogs to Syria. He invited other countries to join Russia’s mine-clearing effort.
  • Palmyra is retaken from ISIS, but we may never know how much the world has lost

    03/28/2016 4:32:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/28/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    In a season filled with far too much tragedy there was at least a small bit of good news this week. Syrian forces claim to have retaken the ancient city of Palmyra from ISIS. Given the historical significance of the site, this a welcome development indeed, but there are now new questions to be answered about how much destruction the terrorists inflicted on the region and what the intentions are of those who now control it. (NPR) State media are reporting that Syrian government forces are now in full control of the historic city of Palmyra, which has been...
  • World's quietest submarine, cruise missiles, smart bombs Deadly arsenal Putin using to pound Syria

    03/28/2016 11:20:18 AM PDT · by dennisw · 28 replies
    dailymail ^ | 28 March 2016 | David Williams And Jay Akbar
    World's quietest submarine, cruise missiles and smart bombs: The deadly arsenal Putin is using to pound Syria as Russia's awesome firepower drives Isis out of Palmyra Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian air support have driven Islamic State out of ancient city of Palmyra Assad supported by Putin has inflicted what the army called a 'mortal blow' to militants who seized the city last year and dynamited its ancient temples Putin is using Syria as a testing ground for a terrifying new generation of weapons His warplanes, missiles and tanks, smart bombs and satellite technology have already changed the...
  • Palmyra after Isis: images taken following Syrian recapture offer hope amid ruins

    03/28/2016 9:04:19 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 28 March 2016 | Guardian staff
    The first images to emerge from the ancient city of Palmyra after Syrian regime forces expelled Islamic State fighters have shown large swaths of destruction but also suggest that several important archaeological sites are intact. The extremist group had destroyed some of Palmyra’s most treasured artefacts, including the Temple of Bel and the Arch of Triumph. However, some of Palmyra’s ruins appear to have survived, including the Agora and the celebrated Roman theatre. [Maamoun] Abdelkarim, [Syria’s antiquities chief] said a team of archaeologists would go to Palmyra in the coming days to assess the damage to its monuments, and pledged...
  • Life Among the Ruins (Temple of Baal in NYC)

    03/25/2016 6:45:41 AM PDT · by EBH · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/22/2015 | KANISHK THAROOR
    NEXT month, the Temple of Baal will come to Times Square. Reproductions of the 50-foot arch that formed the temple’s entrance are to be installed in New York and in London, a tribute to the 2,000-year-old structure that the Islamic State destroyed last year in the Syrian town of Palmyra. The group’s rampage through Palmyra, a city that reached its peak in the second and third century A.D., enraged the world, spurring scholars and conservationists into action. Numerous nongovernmental organizations are now cataloging and mapping damaged cultural heritage sites in the region. It will be uncanny and thrilling to see...
  • April 2016: The Temple Of Baal Will Be Erected In Times Square In New York City

    03/27/2016 12:51:44 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 60 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | March 22, 2016 | Michael Snyder
    I realize that the headline of this article sounds like it must be false, but it is actually completely true. The Temple of Baal (also known as the Temple of Bel) was a world famous landmark that was located in Palmyra, Syria. In August 2015, this temple was destroyed by ISIS, and most of the world recoiled in terror at the loss of a "cultural heritage site". In an attempt to "preserve history", two exact replicas of the 50 foot arch that stood at the entrance to the temple will be erected in April 2016 in Times Square in...
  • Likud MK: Jordan, Israel can fight ISIS together

    11/17/2015 4:34:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/11/15 | Yaakov Levi
    The best way to fight ISIS, according to Druze MK Ayoub Kara (Likud), is for Israel to ally itself with other countries in the area that are trying to keep the Islamist terror movement at bay. And the best country in the region to ally with, said Kara, is Jordan. This, despite the ongoing anti-Israel comments, resolutions, praise of terrorists and other actions taken by Jordanian government officials against Israelis in recent months. “Strengthening ties with Jordan is the best answer to the ISIS threat,” said Kara on Tuesday at a conference discussing opening a new direct route in the...
  • Happy Easter: Hundreds of ISIS terrorists wiped out as Putin helps Syria take back historical city

    03/27/2016 7:23:58 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 20 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 3/27/16 | Margi Murphy
    Russia helped annihilate the jihadis after Putin made a U-turn over his ceasefire decision. And with the help of Russia airstrikes the Syrian army had been gaining ground for several days. Putin's men hit 158 targets and annihilated more than 100 militants, according to the Russian ministry of defence. Military sources said the army have “full control” of the city known for its beautiful archeology. Syrian officials yesterday released pictures showing helicopters and tanks blasting ISIS targets. The sick terror cult seized the Unesco World Heritage site in May last year and smashed two 2,000-year-old temples and detonated dynamite blasting...
  • Syrian army recaptures Palmyra from Islamic State: state media

    03/27/2016 5:18:08 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 29 replies
    CNBC ^ | Reuters
    BEIRUT - Syrian government forces drove Islamic State fighters out of Palmyra on Sunday, the army said, inflicting a major defeat on the militants who seized the desert city last year and dynamited its ancient temples. The army general command said in a statement that it had restored security and stability to the city in an operation it said showed that Islamic State was beginning to retreat and collapse. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were still clashes on the eastern edge of Palmyra, around the prison and inside the airport, but the bulk of the Islamic State...
  • Russian military says special forces officer killed near Palmyra

    03/25/2016 2:46:07 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 5 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 25 March 2016 | Agencies
    Moscow (AFP) - A Russian special forces officer has been killed near Syria's Palmyra, a military representative at the Russian base in Syria was quoted as saying by Russian agencies Thursday. î‚€ "An officer of Russian special operations forces was killed near Palmyra while carrying out a special task to direct Russian airstrikes at Islamic State group targets," the unnamed representative said, ...
  • Syrian army reaches outskirts of Islamic State-held town of Palmyra

    03/23/2016 6:27:58 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 9 replies ^ | March 23, 2016 | ALBERT AJI
    Syrian army reaches outskirts of Islamic State-held town of Palmyra March 23, 2016 Updated 2:42 p.m. By By ALBERT AJI DAMASCUS, Syria – Syrian government forces backed by Russian airstrikes advanced swiftly in central Syria on Wednesday, seizing high ground around Palmyra and positioning themselves to recapture the historic town held by Islamic State. The troops, supported by pro-government militias, approached to within 1.8 miles of the town, according to state TV. A Lebanese television station close to Damascus broadcast footage of the troops advancing single-file through a desert as helicopter gunships provided cover. “God willing, within a few hours...
  • The Syria government forces have regained control of historic area of Palmyra

    03/23/2016 8:42:49 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 3 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 03/23/2016
    The Syria government forces have regained control of historic area of Palmyra, Syrian brigadier-general said. "The Syrian army regained control of the historic town of Tadmur (Palmyra) with small weapons," a Syrian brigadier-general told Sputnik. Thus, he emphasized that the town was taken without air assistance. Palmyra has been under Daesh control since May 2015. The terrorist group has already destroyed part of the ancient city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Russia jets continue strikes in Syria, Moscow says

    03/18/2016 3:09:37 PM PDT · by JPX2011 · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 18, 2016
    Russian aircraft will contine to fly tens of missions a day against targets in Syria despite a pull out of forces announced by Vladimir Putin earlier this week, military officials in Moscow have said. Russian airstrikes are supporting a regime offensive against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) around the ancient city of Palmyra, generals said on Friday, in an apparent signal that the Kremlin will not relinquish direct military support for Bashar Assad despite pulling out the bulk of its forces in Syria. "Conditions have been created for the encirclement and definitive defeat of Isil armed...
  • ISIS kills five Russian soldiers during fighting in ancient Syrian city of Palmyra

    03/18/2016 5:45:02 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 11 replies
    Dailymailuk ^ | 03/18/16 | Alex Matthews
    ISIS has claimed to have killed five Russian soldiers during fighting in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria. In a statement, the group also said it killed several members of the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group and fighters belonging to the Syrian armed forces. It claimed: 'The soldiers of the caliphate, by the grace of God, have killed five Russian soldiers and six members of the Syrian army.'
  • ISIS Militants Blow up Ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra

    10/04/2015 6:39:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/4/15
    Islamic State militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief said on Sunday, after they destroyed two ancient temples at the central Syrian site in recent months. Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters that sources in Palmyra had confirmed that the Arch of Triumph, a jewel in the exquisite collection of ruins in the oasis city, had been blown up.Islamic State militants have blown up temples at the Roman-era UNESCO World Heritage site, which it has controlled since capturing Palmyra from Syrian government forces in May and mined other...
  • ISIS Posts Pictures of Its Destruction of a Temple in Palmyra

    09/02/2015 3:16:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September s, 2015
    Damascus, Aleteia ( – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant posted a collection of pictures yesterday that portrays the destruction of a portion of a temple in Palmyra, which is a Greco-Roman archeological site that it had captured in March.The jihadist group posted five pictures on the internet showing its fighters placing explosives within the Temple of Ba’al and on the surrounding walls. The other pictures depict powerful explosions and a pile of debris where the temple had once stood. The temple was once the most important building in Palmyra. UNOSAT satellite analysis confirms Temple of #Bel...
  • Cultural Monuments in Syria, Iraq Need to be Protected from Islamists – Lavrov

    09/01/2015 4:14:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/1/15
    Moscow, September 1, Interfax - UNESCO needs to consider ways to protect cultural values amid ISIL attacks on cultural monuments in Syria's Palmyra, Russian Foreign Sergey Lavrov has said. "Under these circumstances, the task of the protection of cultural values under a relevant UN convention is very topical. I think we should think about concrete steps at the UNESCO in order to provide this position of the international community," Lavrov said at MGIMO University on September 1. "The destruction of cultural monuments in Iraq and Syria's Palmyra demonstrates that these people [ISIL fighters] not only seek to grab power on...
  • Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian (Catholic) monastery

    08/21/2015 2:42:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 21, 2015
    The monastery was originally built in the fourth century Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian monasteryISIS fighters have demolished a monastery in central Syria, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The Mar Elian monastery in the town of Qaryatain near Homs, was captured by the terrorists  from the Syrian Army two weeks ago. This week they used bulldozers to raze the holy site,Mar Elian is also where Fr Jacques Mourad was kidnapped in May. He remains one of six clergy in Syria who have been kidnapped by rebel groups, their fates unknown.Qaryatain is near a road linking the ancient...
  • US troubled by Israeli Demolitions of Illegal Palestinian Homes [Zechariah 12]

    08/21/2015 10:56:40 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/21/2015 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    The United States said Thursday it was concerned by the number of illegal Palestinian residential structures Israel demolished this month in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. “We are also very troubled by the recent escalation of demolitions and evictions, which include the destruction of dozens of structures and the displacement of over 150 people in the West Bank and east Jerusalem this month alone,” US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said on Thursday. “Such demolitions and evictions are harmful and provocative and indicative of a damaging trend, particularly given settlement-related activity and continued construction in the West Bank and...
  • ISIS fanatics summon crowd to ancient Roman amphitheatre of Palmyra to execute 20 men

    05/27/2015 5:43:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 27 May 2015 | FLORA DRURY
    ISIS fanatics 'called people to watch' as they executed 20 local men in a Roman ampitheatre in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, a watchdog has claimed. The men were shot dead in the restored ruin, which had been used for an annual festival in the city, in front of the crowd on Wednesday. The murdered locals were accused of being government supporters, according to a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
  • Islamic State release pictures after 'destroying ancient temple' at Palmyra

    08/25/2015 6:02:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | August 25, 2015 | Louisa Loveluck
    Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have destroyed one of Palmyra’s most well-known ancient temples, according to Syria’s antiquities chief. Carefully stage-managed photographs by Isil show the moment the terrorist group destroyed one of the best known temples at Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra. The images, released by Isil’s media wing in the central province of Homs, revealed the Temple of Baalshamin was littered with explosives before it exploded into a mushroom cloud on Sunday.
  • ISIS controls 50 percent of Syria after takeover of Palmyra, activists say

    05/21/2015 6:54:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/21/15
    The Islamic State terror group now controls over half of Syrian territory after seizing the village and archaeological site of Palmyra Thursday, activists monitoring Syria's civil war said. Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told the Associated Press the extremists overran the archaeological site, just to the southwest of the modern settlement on Palmyra, shortly after midnight local time. In Damascus, state TV acknowledged that pro-government forces had withdrawn from the town. A Facebook page close to ISIS published a statement Thursday, purportedly from the group, saying "the soldiers of the Islamic State" completed their control...
  • ISIS Destroys 2 Ancient Shrines In Syria's Palmyra

    06/24/2015 6:01:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 23, 2015 | Staff
    Islamic State militants have blown up two ancient shrines they consider sacrilegious in Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site in central Syria, the ultra hardline Sunni Muslim group said on Tuesday. The report was the first of any damage being done by the militants to buildings in Palmyra since they seized control of the city, also known as Tadmur, in May. Syrian forces have bombed the city, and the militants camped within it, since then.
  • Beheaded Syrian scholar refused to lead Isis to hidden Palmyra antiquities

    08/20/2015 12:07:52 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 19, 2015 | By Kareem Shaheen and Ian Black
    Islamic State militants beheaded a renowned antiquities scholar in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and hung his mutilated body on a column in a main square of the historic site because he apparently refused to reveal where valuable artefacts had been moved for safekeeping. The brutal murder of Khaled al-Asaad, 82, is the latest atrocity perpetrated by the jihadi group, which has captured a third of Syria and neighbouring Iraq and declared a “caliphate” on the territory it controls. It has also highlighted Isis’s habit of looting and selling antiquities to fund its activities – as well as destroying...
  • ISIS Destroys 3 Ancient tTombs in Syria, Official Says

    09/05/2015 1:05:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 4, 2015
    Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants destroyed three ancient tower tombs in the central city of Palmyra in the last few days, a Syrian government official said Friday. Tower tombs, built on high grounds, are a particular feature of the Roman-era ancient caravan city. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the Antiquities and Museums Department in Damascus, said Friday the militants destroyed the tower tombs, including the Elahbel tower that dates back to the 103 AD, 10 days earlier. Abdulkarim said his information was based on witness accounts and satellite images provided by the Boston-based American Schools of Oriental...
  • Here Are the Ancient Sites ISIS Has Damaged and Destroyed

    09/04/2015 11:09:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    National Geographic ^ | September 01, 2015 | Andrew Curry
    [Syria] Palmyra [Syria] Mar Elian Monastery [Syria] Apamea [Syria] Dura-europos [Syria] Mari [Iraq] Hatra [Iraq] Nineveh [Iraq] Mosul Museum And Libraries [Iraq] Nimrud [Iraq] Khorsabad [Iraq] Mar Behnam Monastery [Iraq] Mosque Of The Prophet Yunus [Iraq] Imam Dur Mausoleum
  • As War Closes In, Syria’s Assad Puts Emphasis on Living a Normal Life

    08/26/2015 7:29:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 26, 2015 | RAJA ABDULRAHIM
    On the day in May when Islamic State militants raised their black flag above the ancient city of Palmyra, the Damascus Opera House featured a singer in a rumpled black suit belting out traditional Arabic ballads. Members of the audience were herded together so the half-empty auditorium appeared full on state television, and the crowd whistled, clapped and danced in the aisles for the benefit of the cameras. This week, as the extremist militants blew up a 2,000-year-old temple in Palmyra, the opera house in the capital 150 miles to the west prepared to open an art exhibit. “It is...
  • Watch: What Palmyra looked like in the 1800s, and how the Islamic State is destroying it

    08/25/2015 10:31:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 25 at 12:40 PM | Ishaan Tharoor
    Before the 20th century, the ruins of Palmyra, once a key crossroads of classical civilizations, existed on the dusty margins of the Ottoman Empire. European travelers, though, took a special interest in the city. The images sequenced above — photographs by the 19th-century French photographer Félix Bonfils and drawings by the 18th-century British traveler Robert Wood — were formative documents in the Western imagination and inspired the architecture of the industrial age's emerging powers. Wood's rendering of an ancient Roman eagle seen in Palmyra, for example, would later become the model for the Seal of the United States. The archaeological...
  • ISIS blows up ancient temple in Syria’s Palmyra

    08/23/2015 6:22:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 8/23/15
    Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants on Sunday blew up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the UNESCO-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, the country’s antiquities chief told AFP.“Daesh placed a large quantity of explosives in the temple of Baal Shamin today and then blew it up causing much damage to the temple,” said Maamoun Abdulkarim, using another name for ISIS.Over the past several months, ISIS have blown up and defaced historical sites and artifacts across their sprawling self-proclaimed "caliphate" stretching across Iraq and Syria.ISIS took control of Palmyra in May, located in the central desert region of...
  • Islamic State Blows Up Ancient Temple at Syria’s Palmyra Ruins

    08/23/2015 4:53:01 PM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | AUG. 23, 2015
    BEIRUT — Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at the ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria, activists said on Sunday, realizing one of archaeologists’ worst fears for the 2,000-year-old Roman-era city after the extremists seized it and beheaded a local scholar. Palmyra, one of the Middle East’s most spectacular archaeological sites and a Unesco World Heritage site, sits near the modern Syrian city of the same name. Activists said that the militants used explosives to blow up the Baalshamin Temple on its sprawling grounds, and that the blast was so powerful it also damaged some of the Roman columns...
  • Activists say Islamic State destroyed temple at Syria's Palmyra

    08/23/2015 4:49:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies ^ | August 23, 2013
    Palmyra, one of the Middle East’s most spectacular archaeological sites and a UNESCO World Heritage site, sits near the modern Syrian city of the same name. Activists said the militants used explosives to blow up the Baalshamin Temple on its grounds, the blast so powerful it also damaged some of the Roman columns around it. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday night that the temple was blown up a month ago. Turkey-based activist Osama al-Khatib, who is originally from Palmyra, said the temple was blown up Sunday. Both said the extremists used a large amount of explosives...
  • Awful: ISIS Beheads Archaeologist Preserving Middle East History, Hangs His Body

    08/19/2015 8:33:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | August 19, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The Islamic State is continuing its rampage through the Middle East, killing anyone who gets in their way and destroying ancient sites in an effort to cleanse anything they consider anti-Islamic. Late last week we learned that before she was killed, America hostage Kayla Mueller was brutally raped and used as a sex slave by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Today we've learned ISIS has beheaded a world renowned, 82-year old archaeologist who was protecting the ancient site of Palmyra in Syria. More from Fox News: Syrian state antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters that the family of Khaled Asaad had informed Abdulkarim...
  • ISIS beheads Palmyra antiquities expert in the ancient city where he had worked for 50 years -

    08/19/2015 4:52:42 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 18, 2015
    ISIS beheads Palmyra antiquities expert in the ancient city where he had worked for 50 years - then hangs his body from a column Islamic State militants have beheaded an antiquities scholar in an ancient Syrian city and hung his body on a column in a main square. The family of Khaled Asaad are said to have been told that the 82-year-old scholar who worked for more than 50 years as head of antiquities in Palmyra was executed by ISIS yesterday. Mr Asaad had been detained and interrogated for over a month by the ultra-radical Sunni Muslim militants, according to...
  • Slaughter in the Roman amphitheatre: ISIS child executioners shoot dead 25 Syrian regime soldiers

    07/04/2015 2:52:09 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4 July 2015 | IMOGEN CALDERWOOD
    ISIS has released a significant new execution video from the historic city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert. Child executioners are shown in the video being forced to brutally slaughter a group of more than 25 regime soldiers. The video shows the soldiers lined up on their knees on the stage of the Roman amphitheatre, which had formerly been used for an annual festival in the city. A baying crowd of men and boys gathered in the restored ruin waiting for the slaughter, many wearing military uniforms and headscarves
  • New ISIS Videos Show Child Jihadis Massacring Syrian Soldiers at Palmyra Amphitheater

    07/04/2015 5:56:15 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 4, 2015 | Frances Martel
    A new video released by the jihadi terror group, the Islamic State, depicts children, abducted and trained to kill by ISIS, executing 25 men identified as soldiers for the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. The massacre occurs in the historic amphitheater at Palmyra, an ancient Roman city cited as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has recently been overrun by ISIS terrorists.The video depicts children pulling the triggers against more than 25 men identified as Assad’s soldiers, egged on by a large crowd of men and boys forced to watched the ceremony. The men are lined up on their knees as...
  • ISIS Destruction of Ancient Sites Hits Mostly Muslim Targets

    07/03/2015 6:04:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    National Geographic ^ | July 02, 2015 | Kristin Romey
    ISIS has reportedly placed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) around the ancient ruins of Palmyra, in Syria, after recently capturing the adjacent city of Tadmore. The jihadi group has released images of the destruction of two shrines near the site... Michael Danti, co-director of the Syrian Heritage Initiative at the American Schools of Oriental Research, which is monitoring cultural damage in Syria and Iraq, reports that the pattern of IED placement appears to be optimized for "filmed destruction." Multiple independent sources confirmed to Danti that following the IED placement, ISIS members traveled around Tadmor using megaphones to announce their action to...
  • Islamic State jihadists planting mines around the ancient ruins in Palmyra

    06/22/2015 4:01:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Islamic State jihadists have planted mines around the ancient ruins in Syria's Palmyra, prompting fears for the Unesco World Heritage site. As Armenpress reports citing “Telegraph,” militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have reportedly carpeted parts of the Roman amphitheatre with bombs and explosives, according to Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria's antiquities chief. It was not immediately clear whether the mines had been lain in preparation for the ruins’ destruction, or as a deterrent to forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. The militants seized the strategically important nearby modern town of Tadmur from government forces last month. The British-based...
  • Moderate rebels take key southern base in Syria, dealing blow to Assad

    06/10/2015 11:56:08 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 9, 2015 | Hugh Naylor (Sam Alrefaie contributed to this report)
    A coalition of moderate rebel factions known as the Southern Front took control of the Brigade 52 base by early afternoon, spokesman Issam al-Reis said. Brigade 52 is the largest military installation in Daraa province, which borders Jordan, and is key to the defense of northern routes leading to the Syrian capital, Damascus... The loss of the base is another blow to Assad's forces, which have recently suffered a string of battlefield defeats. A largely Islamist rebel alliance that includes al-Qaeda's powerful Syria affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, has seized most of northwestern Idlib province. The Islamic State militant group has captured...
  • Iranian fighters go to Syria to help defend Damascus

    06/07/2015 4:05:57 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | June 7, 2015 | Michael Jansen
    Thousands of Iranian, Afghan and Iraqi fighters have arrived in Syria to defend Damascus and its suburbs against Islamic State (IS), which has said it will mount an offensive against the capital following recent battlefield successes in Deir al-Zor and Palmyra. So far, 7,000 have reportedly been positioned around the city. They are expected to go on the offensive to retake from fundamentalist militiamen the suburb of Jobar from which they can easily access the eastern gates of the city. The total number of reinforcements sent by Iran could rise to 15,000 when fighters reach the northern port of Latakia...
  • Reports of Assad’s fall have been greatly exaggerated — for now

    06/02/2015 6:52:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 1, 2015 | AVI ISSACHAROFF
    A look at the Arab press in recent days gives the impression that the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria is on the verge of elimination. But before we pop open the champagne, it’s worth recalling that Assad’s rule has been in the same situation in the past. The old Syria has been slowly falling apart for four years and two months, and as far back as July 2012, following the bombing of the Syrian army’s headquarters in Damascus, commentators (including this writer) predicted it would be a matter of days, weeks, or months at most before Assad’s fall. But...
  • While nobody was looking, the Islamic State launched a new, deadly offensive

    06/01/2015 4:42:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 1, 2015 | Liz Sly
    GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Syrian rebels appealed for U.S. airstrikes to counter a new offensive by the Islamic State in the northern province of Aleppo that could reshape the battlefield in Syria. The surprise assault, launched over the weekend, opened a new front in the multi-pronged war being waged by the extremist group across Iraq and Syria, and it underscored the Islamic State’s capacity to catch its enemies off guard. The push — which came on the heels of the miltants’ capture of the Syrian city of Palmyra and the western Iraqi city of Ramadi late last month — took them...
  • ISIS Puts Captured Roman Amphitheatre Back Into Use as Venue for Execution as Entertainment

    05/30/2015 5:38:12 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-30-2015 | Oliver Lane
    A Roman-built ampitheatre has been used for the public execution of captured prisoners of war before an audience for the first time in perhaps 1,500 years, after ISIS forces captured the classical ruins at Palmyra last week. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports twenty prisoners, thought to be captured Syrian soldiers who had attempted to defend the ancient city from the Islamic State, were put to death before an audience of militants and locals. The observatory reports the ampitheatre dead were just a few of the near-70 executed in the area so far, on suspicion of being enemy forces,...