Ancient City of Palmyra, Syria

    Published March 28, 2016


    Backed by Russian airstrikes, pro-Syrian forces reclaimed control of the ancient city of Palmyra after a 10-month Islamic State occupation that included the destruction of several monuments dating back nearly 2,000 years.

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    In this undated photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the site of the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria.

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    FILE - This undated file image released by UNESCO shows the site of the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria.

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    This photo released on Sunday March 27, 2016, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows destroyed statues at the damaged Palmyra Museum, in Palmyra city, central Syria.

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    This photo released on Sunday March 27, 2016, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows destroyed statues at the damaged Palmyra Museum, in Palmyra city, central Syria.

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    This photo released on Sunday March 27, 2016, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a general view of Palmyra citadel, central Syria.

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    This photo released on Sunday March 27, 2016, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows a general view of Palmyra, central Syria.

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    The demolition of ancient monuments like this colonnade in the historical city of Palmyra, Syria was targeted by the Islamic State group and among cultural sites destroyed in 2015.

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    One of the original renderings of the 3D model of Temple Bell, in Palmyra, made from Bassel Khartabil photographs. (Bassel, New Palmyra.org)

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    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian soldier holds a Syrian national flag in front of the Palmyra citadel, March 27, 2016.

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    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.

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    In this photo released on March 24, 2016, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian government soldiers gather outside a damaged palace, in Palmyra, central Syria.

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