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    ISIS Destroys 2,000-Year-Old Temple in Palmyra

    ISIS has once again destroyed ancient ruins, this time in the captured city of Palmyra in Syria. The militant movement had held the site for months and was only known to have blown up newer Islamic shrines as idolatrous. But after news last week that the group beheaded a noted archaeologist, it was no surprise to learn they’d also destroyed the Temple of Baal Shamin, a Phoenician storm god. A Syrian rights group reported that the incident happened a month ago, raising questions of what else might already be gone.

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