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Islamic State Seizes Ancient Ruins in Palmyra

The Islamic State group is now in control of the famed Roman-era ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra, hours after seizing the Syrian town from government forces, according to a monitoring group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Islamic militants took over the 2,000 year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site late Wednesday. There are so far no reports of any damage to the ruins. Syrian antiquities director Maamoun Abdulkarim said hundreds of statues were removed from the city...

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