The Strategy Behind the Islamic State’s Destruction of Ancient Sites

Syrian government forces, helped by Russian airstrikes, retook Palmyra from the Islamic State on March 27, and experts are now assessing damage to the city’s ancient monuments and artifacts. The Islamic State destroyed many archaeological sites as it expanded across Iraq and Syria, looting some for profit and damaging others to gain attention.

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-more at   NYtimes

 

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