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  1. Archaeologists Fear Destruction and Theft of Ancient Syrian Artifacts

    Before the outbreak of civil war, Syria was one of the world’s richest archaeological sites, encompassing everything from ancient Greek civilization to the early days of Islam in the Levant. Despite initial attempts to protect historical sites and artifacts, a vast number of cultural treasures have now been damaged by fighting, stolen by opportunistic international criminals and deliberately targeted by Islamic extremists.  While the true extent of the loss is unknown, archaeologists fear that just three years of conflict may have cost the Syrians — and the world — 3,000 years of heritage.

    Source: NYT

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