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ISIS Reportedly Tied Captives To Palmyra's Roman Columns, Blew Them Up

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.27.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group killed three of its captives in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra by tying them to Roman-era columns at the...

While Palmyra Burns, We're Losing the War on History

Jeff Biggers | Posted 10.06.2015 | World
Jeff Biggers

The destruction of standing monuments from the Roman-era is not about a 2,000-year-old relic; it is a war-time act against humanity today, and a rejection of the contributions of those outside our chauvinistic views of history who have, in fact, shaped our modern ways.

Russia Reportedly Strikes ISIS Targets In Historic Palmyra

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.06.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Russian jets hit Islamic State targets in the Syrian city of Palmyra and the northern province of Aleppo, Syrian state tele...

Islamic State Blows Up Ancient Arch of Triumph In Palmyra

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 10.05.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, ...

Are We So Different From ISIS?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Michael Rosenblum

When I was younger, I used to work on archaeological excavations in the Middle East. I spent 8 seasons digging in Cyprus and Israel.

Why Jordan Is Key to Ending the Syria Crisis

Lord David Owen | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
Lord David Owen

LONDON -- The refugee crisis that dominates Europe's TVs and newspapers is the product of the horrendous civil war that still rages in Syria. Why will we not focus our attention on this? The reality in Syria is that the war creates the refugees. Do more to stop this war.

Want to Annoy ISIS? Learn About This Awesome Ancient Queen.

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

Sledgehammering priceless statues. Bombing temples that date back to the era of Jesus and Augustus. In just a few short months, the Islamic State gro...

Syria: ISIS Destroys More Ancient Artifacts In Palmyra

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 09.04.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Sept 4 (Reuters) -- Islamic State has blown up three ancient funeral towers in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief said ...

The Crimes at Palmyra

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The world, and especially moderate, traditional, spiritual, conventional and even conservative -- but few radical -- Muslims have watched in dismay as the spurious "Islamic State" (ISIS) has undertaken the systematic destruction of the pre-Islamic monuments at Palmyra in Syria.

Preserving World Heritage

Melissa Biggs Bradley | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Melissa Biggs Bradley

I am often asked what I think are the world's greatest sights. For me, they are those that expand your soul and your vision, filling you with gratitude for being in their presence, with wonder at how they have come to be and with a sense of duty to protect them.

Fate Of Palmyra’s Temple Of Bel Unclear After ISIS Explosion

AP | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.31.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian official in charge of antiquities said Monday his government has not been able to determine how much damage an ...

ISIS Destroys Part Of Another Ancient Temple In Palmyra, Monitor Says

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.30.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The hardline Islamic State group has destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra city, a group monitoring the c...

Chris Murphy: Congress Giving 'Quiet Endorsement' To Murders

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics

So that happened. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) hammered Congressional inaction on gun violence during a HuffPost podcast interview, following...

Historic Photos Of The Ancient City Being Destroyed By ISIS

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.26.2015 | World

The Islamic State group has steadily destroyed a great number of historic sites and artifacts in Syria and Iraq, in addition to the repressive r...

ISIS Images Purport To Show Destruction Of Palmyra Temple

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.25.2015 | World

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS Aug 25 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants published photos on Tuesday purporting to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in th...

ISIS' Destruction Of Palmyra Temple Is A War Crime, UNESCO Says

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.24.2015 | World

Islamic State's demolition of an renowned ancient Roman temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra is a war crime that targeted an historic symbol of the c...

ISIS Destroys Temple In Syria's Historic Palmyra, Activists Say

AP | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.25.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra, activists said Sunday, realizing th...

The Islamic State's Murder of a Modern Day Monuments Man

Robert M. Edsel | Posted 08.21.2015 | Arts
Robert M. Edsel

Khaled al-Asaad, 83-year-old retired Syrian archaeologist known admiringly as "Mr. Palmyra" for his extraordinary knowledge of that revered 2,000 year-old Roman era city, has been killed.

Beheaded Scholar Refused To Tell ISIS The Location Of Hidden Antiquities

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.20.2015 | World

He was nicknamed “Mr. Palmyra” after the ancient Syrian city whose excavation and preservation he had dedicated most of his life to. Fami...

ISIS Beheads Elderly Archeologist In Palmyra, Syrian Official Says

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.19.2015 | World

DAMASCUS, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Islamic State (IS) militants beheaded an antiquities scholar in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and hung his body on ...

ISIS Captures Key Syrian Town From Assad Forces

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.06.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group on Thursday seized a key town in central Syria following heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces, i...

Jessica Schulberg

Senate Targets ISIS Profits From Ancient Syrian Artifacts | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new congressional effort to cut off funding for the Islamic State targets an unlikely source: antiquities smuggled out of Syria and in...

ISIS Releases Video Claiming To Show Mass Execution In Ancient Palmyra

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.05.2015 | World

The Islamic State militant group released a video on Saturday claiming to show the mass execution of Syrian government soldiers in the historic amphit...

ISIS Destroys 6 Archaeological Pieces In Ancient Syrian City

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 07.03.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a ...

Save Palmyra From ISIS's Rampage

Raza Rumi | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Raza Rumi

The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have placed on view a relic from ancient Palmyra in Syria. In addition, the galleries are displaying images of 18th century engravings and 19th century photographs from its archives.