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23 May 2015
Islamic State group fighters have entered the museum in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, placing guards at its doors, the country's antiquities director Mamoun Abdulkarim said Saturday. He also confirmed that the jihadist group had raised their flag over the ancient citadel that overlooks some of the spectacular Greco-Roman ruins in the city. Speaking…
22 May 2015
The Islamic State group consolidated its control of the Iraq-Syria border Friday after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a famed Syrian heritage site in an offensive that has forced a review of US strategy. The jihadists, who now control roughly half of Syria, reinforced their self-declared transfrontier "caliphate" with the capture of the Al-Tanaf…
21 May 2015
Jihadists from the Islamic State group seized full control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday, a monitor said, putting the world heritage site at risk of destruction. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS now controlled half of all territory in the war-torn country. The Britain-based group said regime troops had…
20 May 2015
Jihadists from the Islamic State group were locked in fierce battles with Syrian government forces Wednesday on the northern and eastern edges of ancient Palmyra, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting was raging near security buildings in northern Palmyra, including the regime's local state security branch, and close to the…
19 May 2015
The Islamic State jihadist group has made several high-profile advances in recent days, despite a US-led air campaign against the movement in Syria and Iraq. Here are answers to some key questions about the group's progress and the international effort to stop them: Q: Where has IS advanced recently? A: On Sunday, Islamic State group…
15 May 2015
Syria's army dispatched reinforcements to Palmyra in a bid to push back jihadists who advanced Friday to within touching distance of the ancient city, officials and a monitor said. "Islamic State group jihadists are now one kilometre (less than a mile) from the archeological site of Palmyra," Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory…
Historic sites
14 May 2015
Ten Arab countries said on Thursday they would coordinate to counter artefact smuggling and preserve the region's heritage sites, as jihadists in Syria advanced to the gates of ancient Palmyra. Representatives of the countries concluded a two-day meeting in Cairo with a condemnation of the Islamic State group's destruction of historic sites in Iraq. They…
14 May 2015
Islamic State group jihadists battled Syrian troops near ancient Palmyra Thursday, threatening the UNESCO world heritage site with the kind of destruction it has wreaked in Iraq, a monitoring group said. After a lightning advance across the desert in which they overran government forces in ferocious fighting that cost the lives of 110 combatants, the…
13 May 2015
The Islamic State jihadist group has seized large parts of a strategically located town in central Syria's Homs province in clashes that killed 48 soldiers and militants, a monitor said Wednesday. On the Lebanese-Syrian border, meanwhile, Syrian troops and fighters from Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah captured the highest point in the Qalamun region, a Syrian…