His crime? Loving art and history. Professor Khaled Asaad, the former general manager for antiquities and museums in Palmyra, was beheaded yesterday by ISIS militants in the central Syrian city. The jihadists wrestled control of Palmyra from government troops back in May, but are not believed to have destroyed its famous Roman-era ruins. Syria’s antiquities director, Maamoun Abdulkarim, mourned the loss of his 82-year-old colleague and called the militants’ presence both “a curse and bad omen.” He, like many, fears this may bode ill for the city’s 2,000-year-old ruins.