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Syria army takes control of Damascus-Palmyra road: monitor

Birut - The Syrian army is in full control of the highway from Damascus to ancient Palmyra for the first time since 2014 after driving out jihadists, a monitor said on Friday.

Atop Palmyra's damaged theatre, Syrian musicians sing of return

Palmyra - Atop the ruins of Syria's famed Palmyra theatre, recently recaptured from the Islamic State group, teenage musician Angel Dayoub sings an old Arabic favourite: "We're coming back, oh love, we're coming back.

Atop Palmyra's damaged theatre, Syrian musicians sing of return

Palmyra - Atop the ruins of Syria's famed Palmyra theatre, recently recaptured from the Islamic State group, teenage musician Angel Dayoub sings an old Arabic favourite: "We're coming back, oh love, we're coming back.

Atop Palmyra's damaged theatre, Syrian musicians sing of return

Palmyra - Atop the ruins of Syria's famed Palmyra theatre, recently recaptured from the Islamic State group, teenage musician Angel Dayoub sings an old Arabic favourite: "We're coming back, oh love, we're coming back.

Syrian army advances to outskirts of IS-held Palmyra

Birut - Syrian government forces backed by Russian soldiers advanced Wednesday to the outskirts of ancient Palmyra after battles with the Islamic State group, a monitor and a military source said.

Syrian army advances to outskirts of IS-held Palmyra

Birut - Syrian government forces backed by Russian soldiers advanced Wednesday to the outskirts of ancient Palmyra after battles with the Islamic State group, a monitor and a military source said.

Syrian army advances to outskirts of IS-held Palmyra

Birut - Syrian government forces backed by Russian soldiers advanced Wednesday to the outskirts of ancient Palmyra after battles with the Islamic State group, a monitor and a military source said.

Damaged Palmyra busts back in Syria after Italy restoration

Damascus - Two rare busts rescued from the Islamic State group in the ancient city of Palmyra and restored in Italy have been returned to Syria, the country's antiquities director said Wednesday.

Antique busts ruined in Palmyra will return to Syria

Rome - Two rare busts rescued from the Islamic State group's destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra will soon be heading back to Syria, after a painstaking restoration in Italy.

Russia releases drone footage of fresh Palmyra destruction

Moscow - Russia's military on Monday released drone footage showing more destruction of treasured monuments by the Islamic State in Syria's Palmyra since jihadists recaptured the UNESCO World Heritage Site late last year.

Syria's ancient Palmyra: five things to know

Birut - Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, where archaeological treasures are under renewed attack by Islamic State group jihadists, was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1980.

Kremlin blames lack of US cooperation for Palmyra blow

Moscow - The Kremlin on Monday deplored the lack of cooperation with the United States in Palmyra after Islamic State jihadists re-entered the ancient Syrian city over the weekend.

IS retakes Palmyra after Syria army withdrawal

Palmyra - The Islamic State jihadist group recaptured Palmyra on Sunday after Syrian armed forces pulled out of the desert city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syrian regime fighting IS on edge of Palmyra: rights observers

Birut - Islamic State jihadists battled Syrian regime forces on Friday on the outskirts of Palmyra, the ancient town from which they were chased out eight months ago, rights observers said.

Syrian regime holds patriotic concert in retaken Palmyra

Palmyra - The Syrian regime on Friday put on a patriotic celebration at the ancient city of Palmyra, with flag-waving and military music in a place where just last year jihadists carried out mass executions.

Despite damage Palmyra retains 'authenticity': UNESCO

Paris - The UN cultural agency said Wednesday that the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra had suffered significant damage at the hands of Islamic State fighters, but that the archaeological site retains much of its authenticity.

Polish experts return to Syria's Palmyra to restore famed lion statue

Palmyra - When two Polish heritage experts first restored the famed lion statue in Syria's Palmyra in 2005, they never imagined they would see it smashed to pieces only a decade later. "We did new restoration, new presentation of this lion, the Lion of Al-Lat.

Russia says Syria's ancient Palmyra cleared of mines

Moscow - Russia's military on Thursday said it had completely demined the UNESCO world heritage site of Palmyra in Syria after it was recaptured by government forces from Islamic State group fighters last month.

Palmyra arch rises again in London's Trafalgar Square

London - A replica of one of the most iconic monuments destroyed by Islamic State (IS) jihadists in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra was unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square Tuesday.

Syrians return home to Palmyra after IS ousted

Palmyra - Hundreds of displaced Syrian residents of Palmyra returned home Saturday to inspect their houses for the first time since the Russian-backed army captured it from the Islamic State group two weeks ago.

Syria's Palmyra scarred forever by IS jihadists

Palmyra - Jihadists have reduced several temples, columns and other treasures to heaps of stone in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, which archaeologists fear will never be fully restored to its former glory.

Son begins quest to bury IS-slain 'father of Palmyra'

Damascus - The son of a Syrian archeologist who was beheaded by Islamic State group jihadists in ancient Palmyra is on a mission to give his father a "dignified" burial near the world heritage site.

'Very doubtful' Palmyra can be restored after IS: UN expert

Paris - A Syrian expert for the UN's cultural body said Monday she was "very doubtful" the destruction caused to Palmyra's ancient monuments during its occupation by the Islamic State group can be repaired.

Syria's Palmyra can be restored 'in five years'

Damascus - Syria's antiquities chief said on Monday that his department would need five years to restore the ancient ruins of Palmyra damaged by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Recapture a blessing but much of Palmyra is lost: Expert

Paris - Historian of the ancient world Maurice Sartre explains what Syria's capture of Palmyra from the Islamic State group will mean for the UNESCO World Heritage site.Q: What is your initial response to the news that the Syrian army has recaptured Palmyra?

Syria's Assad hails Palmyra capture as 'important achievement'

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday hailed his troops' victory over the Islamic State group in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra as an "important achievement.

Syria's army reports retaking ancient Palmyra from militants

Beirut - Reports from Lebanon say regular Syrian Army forces have driven Islamic State fighters out of the ancient city of Palmyra.

Syria army vows to 'end IS' in Raqa, Deir Ezzor after Palmyra win

Damascus - Syria's army vowed Sunday to follow its victory against the Islamic State group in the city of Palmyra with an advance against the jihadists in their other strongholds."Palmyra will be the central base to broaden operations...

Russian air strikes near Palmyra as Syrian troops push advance

Birut - Russian helicopters pounded jihadist positions around the ancient city of Palmyra on Tuesday as Syrian troops pressed a ground advance, a monitoring group said.

Giant Palmyra arch replicas to go on show in London, New York

London - Giant replicas of an ancient arch in the Syrian city of Palmyra attacked by Islamic State (IS) jihadists will go on show in London and New York next year, organisers said Monday.
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RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra  Syria  is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who hav...
RUINS: The ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, is believed to be threatened by Islamic militants who have seized the area from the government and appear to be destroying relics that predate Islam, which dates back to the 7th century.
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RUINS: A tourist experiences in the ancient Roman amphitheater in Palmyra  Syria  in 2010.
RUINS: A tourist experiences in the ancient Roman amphitheater in Palmyra, Syria, in 2010.
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Palmyra  view from Qalaat Ibn Maan  Temple of Bel and colonnaded axis.
Palmyra, view from Qalaat Ibn Maan, Temple of Bel and colonnaded axis.
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