Syrians sit in the courtyard of the National Museum during a ceremony in the memory of Khaled al-Assaad, the late 82-year old retired chief archaeologist of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, on August 23, 2015 in the Syrian capital Damascus. The Islamic State (IS) group beheaded Al-Assaad, who refused …

Syria Reopens Damascus Antiquities Museum

DAMASCUS – Syria reopened a wing of the capital’s famed antiquities museum on Sunday after six years of closure to protect its exhibits and visitors from rebel rocket fire in the civil war.

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Israel: Iran Established Air Base Outside Major Syrian City

The Israeli military on Saturday accused Iran of controlling an airbase outside the Syrian city of Palmyra, from which the army said the Iranian drone that was shot down over northern Israel earlier in the day was launched.

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Assad Sees Key Russia Role After Syria-Israel Strikes

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday said Russia can play an important role in the crisis following Syria’s firing missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes in the conflict-torn country.

2830211 04/21/2016 The colonnade avenue and Tetrapylon in the historical part of Palmyra. Mikhail Voskresenskiy/Sputnik via AP

Islamic State Destroys Amphitheater, Tetrapylon in Syria’s Palmyra

The Islamic State is back in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, and they have resumed their appalling acts of vandalism against its historic treasures, destroying part of a Roman amphitheater and almost completely destroying the Tetrapylon, a distinctive collection of pillars near the entrance to the city.

2839317 05/05/2016 A soldier in the historical part of Palmyra liberated from Islamic State militants. Maksim Blinov/Sputnik via AP

Islamic State in New Demolitions at Syria’s Palmyra

Jihadists of the Islamic State group have demolished two more treasured monuments in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra a month after recapturing it from government forces, the antiquities chief said Friday.

Islamic State Claims to Capture Russian Base, Weapons in Palmyra

Islamic State Claims to Capture Russian Base, Weapons in Palmyra

A new video from the Islamic State’s “news” agency Amaq purportedly shows an abandoned Russian forward base in the Syrian city of Palmyra, which was recaptured by ISIS last weekend. The video also shows Islamic State militants picking through captured Russian weapons at the base.

2839317 05/05/2016 A soldier in the historical part of Palmyra liberated from Islamic State militants. Maksim Blinov/Sputnik via AP

U.S. Commander: Palmyra Is Russia’s, ‘Up to Them’ to Defeat Islamic State There

The American commander of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria told reporters that losing the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra to the terrorist group “is probably an embarrassment” to the Russians, and it is up to them to take it back, noting that the city is “theirs” to defend.


Swiss Seize Artifacts Looted From Syria’s Palmyra

Swiss authorities said Friday they had seized cultural relics looted from Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, as well as from Libya and Yemen, which were being stored in Geneva’s free ports.

Palmyra: Video Surfaces of Islamic State Running over Mummies with Truck

Palmyra: Video Surfaces of Islamic State Running over Mummies with Truck

The Islamic State has released video of their destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that the jihadist group had under their control for ten months. In the video, jihadists can be seen running over ancient mummies, taken out of their tombs, with what appears to be a large truck.

RUSSIAN FEDERATION, SAINT PETERSBURG : CORRECTION / A picture taken on November 21, 2009 shows then Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (front) and Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin, artistic director of the St. Petersburg House of Music, visiting the house, formerly a palace owned by Grand Duke Alexei Romanov, in St. …

Putin Pal Sergei Roldugin Holds Concert in Liberated Palmyra, Syria

On Thursday, the Syrian city of Palmyra, which was recently recaptured from the Islamic State, hosted a concert by Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin – who is more famous for his friendship with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and his role in the “Panama Papers” story, than his music career.

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Report Claims Assad Regime Has Been Colluding with Islamic State

Sky News reports on the results of an “exclusive investigation into leaked secret Islamic State files,” which reveals that ISIS has been actively colluding with the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. According to Sky News, one major instance of

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Islamic State’s Territorial Losses Prompts Group to Increase Attacks

Substantial territorial losses have driven Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists to carry out an unprecedented number of attacks in the first three months of 2016, particularly in their Syrian and Iraqi strongholds, according to a news analysis by IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center (JTIC).

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White House Concerned By Russia’s Military Moves In Syria

The United States said on Thursday it was concerned about reports that Russia is moving more military equipment into Syria to bolster President Bashar al-Assad, with a truce in tatters and peace talks in meltdown.


IN PICTURES: Palmyra Arch Recreated in London’s Trafalgar Square

Archeologists were on Tuesday to build a full-scale recreation of the iconic Arch of Triumph from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in London’s Trafalgar Square to mark its liberation from Islamic State (IS). The reconstruction, which coincides with World