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Preservationists Warn Syria's Historic Sites Still at Risk

He is one of the world’s leading experts on ancient Mesopotamia who has traveled to Syria often.  But all University of Chicago professor McGuire Gibson could do during Islamic State’s rampage of destruction in the historic city of Palmyra and other sites was watch helplessly from afar. “This is the worst it’s ever been. This is totally out of control,” Gibson mourns. Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was retaken from Islamic State last month. The city dates from the 1st...

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