Islamic State beheads Syrian antiquities scholar in ancient town of Palmyra

August 19, 2015 7:35 AM

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Islamic State beheads Syrian antiquities scholar in ancient town of Palmyra

FILE - This file photo released on Sunday, May 17, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the general view of the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Syrian state media and an activist group say Islamic State extremists have beheaded one of the country’s most prominent antiquities scholars, Khaled Asaad, 81, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in the historic town of Palmyra. (SANA via AP, File) (The Associated Press)

BEIRUT – Islamic State 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.

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