CBC: ISIS captures part of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, home to UNESCO World Heritage Site

Palmyra's 2,000-year-old monuments were put on UNESCO World Heritage in danger list in 2013

Fighters from the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized around a third of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday after fierce clashes with the military and allied combatants, a group monitoring the war said.

The city, known as Tadmur in Arabic, is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site and the violence has fuelled fears Islamic State will destroy ancient ruins. The offshoot of al-Qaeda advanced into the city over the weekend but had been repelled.

Update #1: Islamic State captures one-third of ancient Syrian city: monitor -- Reuters
Update #2: IS Group Seizes Part of Ancient Town of Palmyra in Syria -- NYT/AP

WNU Editor: Apparently the statues have been removed .... Syrian antiquities chief says statues moved from Palmyra (Reuters) .... but I guess the ruins of the site will now be fair game to whatever the Islamic State wants to do.

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