ISIS has once again struck a historic temple in Palymra, although the structure is “still standing,” according to the BBC.
Antiquities looted by terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria are entering the art market, prompting the FBI to release a flyer soliciting dealers’ and collectors’ help in halting illegal trade.
Attacks on ancient cultural sites by ISIS in retaliation for what the terrorist group considers idolatry continue with the recent destruction of two ancient religious buildings in Syria.
Khaled al-Asaad, who served as the director general of the Palmyra Directorate of Antiquities and Museums from 1963 to 2003, was beheaded Tuesday by ISIS fighters in the ancient city.
The much-feared destruction of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra has begun.
Among the most tragic losses of the many antiquities destroyed in Iraq by ISIS has been the destruction of Iraq’s seriously understudied medieval architecture.
Last Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly passed a non-binding resolution on ISIS’s destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq, officially calling the group’s actions “war crimes.”
The ancient Roman city of Palmyra in Syria has been seized by ISIS fighters, fueling fears that its ancient artifacts and buildings could meet the same fate suffered by antiquities in Mosul, Nimrud, and Hatra.
With news agencies today reporting that ISIS is just outside of Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, one of the world’s most important archaeological sites is at risk of destruction.
Last week’s stunning video of the destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is likely to renew calls for drastic action to save Iraq’s antiquities before they are lost forever.
They were removing “signs of idolatry.” That’s what an ISIS fighter said in a video published online Saturday.
A video uploaded to YouTube on Friday, purportedly by ISIS, shows men using sledgehammers, pickaxes, and rifles to destroy sculptures at the Hatra archaeological site.