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Al Jazeera: ISIL said to be in full control of Syria's Palmyra

Syrian army has collapsed after deadly battles to foil group's offensive, according to monitoring group and activists.

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have taken full control of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, according to activists and a monitoring group.

The Syrian army has collapsed and ISIL has taken over the city, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The monitor reported earlier on Wednesday that ISIL had advanced into Palmyra.

WNU Editor: The Channel 4 News remark that this is an archaeological apocalypse is spot on. One of the world's important historical sites is now in the hands of those who want to destroy this history .... and I am betting that this is what they are going to do This is also one more defeat for the Syrian army .... raising fears that the Syrian army itself is now near collapse.

Islamic State Seizes Control Of The Syrian City Of Pamlyra

Islamic State seizes ancient town of Palmyra in Syria -- AP
Islamic State seizes ancient Palmyra city from Syrian forces -- Reuters
IS 'in control' of Syria's Palmyra -- BBC
ISIS Fighters Seize Control of Syrian City of Palmyra, and Ancient Ruins -- NYT
Islamic State Captures Part of Ancient Syrian City -- VOA
ISIS near to total control of Syria’s ancient Palmyra – monitoring group -- RT

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