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  1. ISIS Conquers Strategic Palmyra and Its Antiquities

    Are they closing in on Assad? The militants overran the 50,000-strong Syrian town known as “Venice of the Sands” in central Homs province yesterday, sparking concern for its ancient ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to the first century. The militants — known for destroying artifacts seen as “idolatry” — also hope to gain advantage from Palmyra’s gas fields and proximity to Syria’s central road network. Some fear this means the extremists are a step closer to advancing on government-held areas like Homs and Damascus.

    Al JazeeraNYT

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