ISIS Beheads Archaeology 'Pioneer' Khaled al-Asaad in Palmyra

August 19, 2015 8:48 AM

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ISIS Beheads Archaeology 'Pioneer' Khaled al-Asaad in Palmyra

BEIRUT — ISIS militants beheaded one of Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars in the ancient town of Palmyra, then strapped his body from one of the town's Roman columns, Syrian state media and an activist group said Wednesday.

The killing of 81-year-old Khaled al-Asaad was the latest atrocity perpetrated by the militant group, which has captured a third of both Syria and Iraq. Since ISIS overran Palmyra in May, there have been fears the extremists, who have destroyed famed archaeological sites in Iraq, would demolish its ...

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