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Atop Palmyra's damaged theater, Syrian musicians sing of return

Mar 05, 2017 - 8:17 PM

Everyone will rebuild in their own way We want to rebuild it with music and singing teenage musician Angel Dayoub says

SOUND OF MUSIC. Syrian musicians play at the site of the damaged Roman amphitheatre in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria, during a tour organized by the Syrian army for journalists, on March 4, 2017. Syrian troops backed by Russian jets completed the recapture of the historic city of Palmyra from Islamic State (IS) group fighters on March 2, 2017, the Kremlin and the army said. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

Air strikes kill 11 civilians in central Syria – monitor

Mar 04, 2017 - 9:41 PM

They are probably Russian air strikes says the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights 45 people are also wounded

Syria army enters ISIS-held Palmyra – monitor

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:52 AM

Supported by Russian air strikes and ground troops Syrian government forces have been battling for weeks through the desert in the central province of Homs to reach the ancient city of Palmyra

A Syrian regime fighter takes aim as they advance towards Hayyan oil field, east of the central Syrian Homs province on February 7, 2017. Stringer/AFP

ISIS wreaks new destruction in Syria's ancient Palmyra

Jan 21, 2017 - 11:20 AM

The UN s cultural agency has reacted with outrage calling the fresh destruction a war crime and cultural cleansing

NEW DESTRUCTION. This handout picture provided on January 20, 2017 by UNITAR-UNOSAT and taken on December 26, 2016, shows a close-up of a satellite-detected image of the Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Handout photo by UNITAR-UNOSAT/AFP

Syria army advances in Aleppo but rolled back in Palmyra

Dec 11, 2016 - 2:09 PM

3rd UPDATE ISIS jihadists recapture Palmyra sparking new worries for its remaining ancient treasures

Syrian pro-government forces rest as they patrol Aleppo's Bab al-Nairab neighborhood on December 10, 2016. George Ourfalian/AFP

Aid convoy to Syria's besieged Daraya refused entry

May 12, 2016 - 8:30 PM

UPDATED The aid convoy was supposed to deliver baby milk as well as medical and school supplies says the Red Cross

Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo, on May 4, 2016.  The Syrian army said late on May 4 that it had agreed to calls from Russia and the United States for a two-day truce in Aleppo that would begin from 1:00 am on May 5.  Renewed fighting in recent days, especially in and around Aleppo, had threatened the full collapse of the February 27 ceasefire agreement, a landmark in attempts to finally resolve a conflict that has left more than 270,000 dead. / AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRI

Mass grave of victims of ISIS found in Syria's Palmyra

Apr 02, 2016 - 10:04 PM

Syrian troops have found bodies of 42 people in the mass grave The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says ISIS executed at least 280 people during their nearly 10 month occupation of Palmyra

An undated handout picture made available on 17 May 2015, by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows the ancient oasis city of Palmyra,about 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. EPA/SANA

Syria troops press advance after blow to ISIS in Palmyra

Mar 28, 2016 - 8:56 PM

UPDATED Syria s military turn their attention to other ISIS held towns as they push towards Raqqa the jihadists de facto capital

PALMYRA STANDS. A general view shows the remains of the entrance to the iconic Temple of Bel that was destroyed by ISIS group jihadists in September 2015 in the ancient city of Palmyra, after government troops recaptured the UNESCO world heritage site from the IS group on March 27, 2016. Photo by Maher Al Mounes / AFP

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Experts rush to ancient Palmyra after regime ousts ISIS

Mar 28, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Syria s antiquities chief says the priceless artifacts have survived better than feared from a campaign of destruction UNESCO described as a war crime

STILL STANDING. The famous archeological Palmyra citadel is seen behind a number of houses at the ancient city of Palmyra, which the Syrian troops had recaptured from ISIS militants, in central Syria, March 27, 2016. Stringer/EPA

Syria fighters 'relieved' to see Palmyra treasures intact

Mar 28, 2016 - 8:03 AM

However the modern district of Palmyra where 70 000 people lived before the war was not as lucky as the old city

SURVIVOR. A screengrab made on March 27, 2016 from pictures shot by a Russian drone and released by the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGRTK) shows a part of the ancient city of Palmyra, recaptured by Syrian troops from the Islamic state. VGRTK / AFP

Syria forces retake Palmyra in major victory over ISIS

Mar 27, 2016 - 1:47 PM

6th UPDATE Syrian President Bashar al Assad hails the victory as an important achievement while UN chief Ban Ki moon says he is encouraged by Palmyra s recapture

The Temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra, Syria is threatened by ISIS. File photo Joseph Eid/ AFP

Syria army seizes town north of Palmyra – state TV

Mar 26, 2016 - 6:56 PM

Syria s armed forces notch a victory against Islamic State group jihadists after taking Al Amiriyah a town north of Palmyra

epa05230039 A handout picture made available on 24 March 2016 by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian army units, in cooperation with local militias, advancing further into the vicinity of the ancient city of Tadmur (Palmyra), a UNESCO world Heritage site, in central Homs province. A military source told SANA that al-Qubour valley, al-Qusour Mountains, and al-Tar Mountain west of Palmyra were retaken by Syrian government forces. Palmyra is listed as a world cultural heritage site by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and was captured by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in May 2015. The Syrian Army advance is being conducted in conjunction with a government offensive aimed at recapturing the city that began this month, and is supported by Russian airpower. EPA/SANA / HANDOUT

Russia says flying up to 25 sorties daily to back Assad army around Palmyra

Mar 18, 2016 - 11:14 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hoped the pearl of world civilization would be returned to the Syrian people

An undated handout picture made available on 17 May 2015, by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows the ancient oasis city of Palmyra,about 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. EPA/SANA

UNESCO says ISIS 'terrified by history' after Palmyra destruction

Oct 06, 2015 - 9:09 AM

Irina Bokova says the UN s scientific and cultural body will make every effort to ensure that the perpetrators of the destruction are brought to justice

DESTROYED. The file picture dated November 12, 2010 shows a general view of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Youssef Badawi/EPA

UNESCO says ISIS 'terrified by history' after Palmyra destruction

Oct 05, 2015 - 11:18 PM

Irina Bokova says the UN s scientific and cultural body would make every effort to ensure that the perpetrators of the destruction are brought to justice

A file picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows visitors walking near the famous Arch of Triumph of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus. Islamic State extremists have blown up the famous Arch of Triumph in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, said an activist and monitoring group, as the jihadists press their campaign to tear down the treasured heritage site. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID

Worst fears confirmed as famed Palmyra temple flattened

Sep 02, 2015 - 8:22 AM

The destruction of the Temple of Bel sparked outrage and international headlines precisely the reaction the jihadist group may have been seeking experts say

BETTER DAYS. The file picture dated November 12, 2010 shows a general view of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Youssef Badawi/EPA

ISIS destroys part of famed Palmyra temple – monitor, activists

Aug 31, 2015 - 2:55 PM

The Islamic State ISIS jihadist group blows up parts of the Temple of Bel in Syria s ancient city of Palmyra

BETTER DAYS. An undated handout picture made available on May 17, 2015, by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, about 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus. SANA/ Handout/EPA

Satellite images confirm Palmyra temple destruction – UN

Aug 29, 2015 - 9:39 AM

We confirm the destruction of the main building while surrounding columns seem to be less affected says UN training and research agency UNITAR

CONFIRMED. Satellite images confirm the destruction of the Baal Shamin temple in Syria's Palmyra, says the United Nations, after international condemnation of the act claimed by the Islamic State group. File photo by AFP/UNITAR-UNOSAT/US Department of State, Humanitarian Information Unit, NextView License (DigitalGlobe)

Palmyra temple destruction a 'new war crime'

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:43 AM

The destruction of the Baal Shamin temple considered the second most significant in ancient Palmyra raises concerns for the rest of the UNESCO World Heritage site

ISIS blows up temple in Syria's Palmyra – antiquities chief

Aug 24, 2015 - 8:10 AM

Syria s antiquities chief: Our darkest predictions are unfortunately taking place

BEFORE DESTRUCTION. A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows the Temple of Baal Shamin seen through two Corinthian columns in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus. Joseph Eid/File/AFP

ISIS beheads elderly ex-antiquities chief in Syria's Palmyra

Aug 20, 2015 - 6:43 AM

UNESCO chief on Khaled al Assaad: His work will live on far beyond the reach of these extremists They murdered a great man but they will never silence history

MURDERED BY ISIS. An undated handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 19, 2015 shows the late 82-year old retired chief archaeologist of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Khaled al-Assaad, giving a press conference at an unknown location in Syria. SANA/Handout/AFP

Syria army battles ISIS outside Palmyra

Jul 10, 2015 - 3:45 AM

Though ISIS fighters have reportedly destroyed at least one statue no damage to the ruins has been reported

Obama approves 450 more troops for Iraq training mission

Jun 11, 2015 - 2:25 AM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama approves the deployment of up to 450 more US military personnel to Iraq in a bid to reverse gains by the Islamic State group

A photograph made available on 18 December 2011 shows members of the Iraqi Army stand in a doorway to listen to a ceremony signing over Camp Adder, the last United States base in the country, to the Iraqi Air Force near Nasiriyah, Iraq, on 16 December 2011. Photo by Lucas Jacson / Pool / EPA

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ISIS executes 217 in Syria's Palmyra, other villages

May 25, 2015 - 7:28 AM

The toll from the Observatory comes hours after Syrian state media says ISIS had carried out a massacre in Palmyra slaughtering some 400 civilians mostly women and children

PALMYRA. Smoke rises after a Syrian Rocket launcher shell on enemy positions in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, about 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus, Syria, 19 May 2015. Photo by EPA.

ISIS enters Palmyra museum – official

May 23, 2015 - 9:38 PM

The jihadists have also raised their black flag over the ancient citadel that overlooks the ruins of Palmyra

IN DANGER. An undated handout picture made available on May 17, 2015, by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, about 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus. SANA/Handout/EPA

ISIS cements grip on Iraq-Syria border in jihadist surge

May 22, 2015 - 11:29 PM

UPDATED The United Nations says at least 55 000 people have fled Ramadi alone since mid May while the Security Council voiced grave concern for Palmyra as well as civilians trapped there

ISIS jihadists threaten ancient Palmyra ruins

May 21, 2015 - 3:59 PM

2nd UPDATE ISIS proclaims Palmyra s capture online and posted video and several pictures including of a hospital and a prison and a military airbase but none of the ancient site

IN DANGER. An undated handout picture made available on May 17, 2015, by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, about 215 kilometers northeast of Damascus. SANA/Handout/EPA

Syria's Palmyra in peril after ISIS overruns most of city

May 20, 2015 - 9:10 PM

UPDATED The jihadists notorious for demolishing archaeological treasures since declaring a caliphate last year straddling Iraq and Syria appeared to have fought their way into Palmyra on foot after breaking through in the city s north

Iraq Shiite militias head for Ramadi after ISIS takeover

May 19, 2015 - 9:12 AM

Washington which had made Iraq s Anbar province – of which Ramadi is the capital – a cornerstone of its assistance to Baghdad against ISIS admitted to a setback

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on May 18, 2015 by Aamaq News Agency, a Youtube channel which posts videos from areas under the Islamic State (ISIS) group's control, allegedly shows an ISIS fighter hanging a flag of the group in a street of Ramadi, the Iraqi capital of Anbar province, a day after the city was captured by ISIS. Aamaq News Agency/Handout/AFP

ISIS jihadists take Ramadi but pinned back in Palmyra

May 18, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The effective loss of the capital of Iraq s largest province of Anbar marks one of Baghdad s worst setbacks since it began a nationwide offensive last year

Iraqi security forces stand guard as residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled their homes on May 16, 2015 as Islamic State (ISIS) group militants tightened their siege on the last government positions in the capital of Anbar province, a day after they seized the city's government headquarters, wait to cross Bzeibez bridge, on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad with Anbar province, after IS group jihadists took control of all the other routes connecting the province with the Iraqi capital. Sabah Arar/AFP

ISIS seizes northern part of Syria's Palmyra – monitor

May 17, 2015 - 12:24 AM

UPDATED The jihadists have inched closer to the ancient metropolis since it began its offensive on Palmyra

The file picture dated November 12, 2010 shows a general view of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Youssef Badawi/EPA

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