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ISIL Destroy Historic Arch of Triumph

Contributed by on October 8, 2015 at 5:09 pm

The move was seen as the latest salvo in the propaganda war being waged by the extremist group which has seized large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq, committing atrocities including beheadings, rape and mass killings, and destroying archaeological and cultural heritage.

He warned of an impending catastrophe in the UNESCO-listed world heritage site, which the jihadists have been dismantling since capturing the ruins in May, according to the Daily Mail.

“This is a systematic destruction of the city”. So-called Islamic State militants have demolished the city’s Arch of Triumph, which had previously stood the test of time for nearly two millennia.

The jihadist group had already destroyed several famed tower tombs, the 2,000-year old Temple of Bel, and the Lion of Athena. Yet, Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph was of no religious significance whatsoever.

Under IS’s extreme interpretation of Islamic law, the ancient shrines are considered idolatrous and must be destroyed, although the group has also smuggled and sold antiquities.

Experts say IS are using the destruction of historic treasures for propaganda.

Analyst Charlie Winter of the London-based Quilliam Foundation think tank said such destruction was a “low-risk, cheap” way for IS to raise its profile among potential new recruits and grab headlines.

The country’s manager of vintage furniture, Professor Maamoun Abduilkarim, tested which typically Islamic State militants sucked in the Arch of Triumph on Sunday. For the people of Palmyra, after tremendous human loss and suffering at the hands of Islamic State extremists, the recent destruction of their cultural inheritance only adds insult to injury. “They want to destroy the amphitheatre, the colonnade”.

Palmyra fell to IS in May, but the Syrian army has advanced towards the city from the west and there are fears IS may now speed up its razing of the ancient site.

Palmyra has been one of the most tumultuous regions during the ongoing Syrian Civil War.

The arch was one of the elements marking Palmyra’s unique combination of ancient Syria’s Nabataean culture with Greek and Roman elements.

Video shows extent of ISIS vandalism to Roman ruins in Syria

A still from the video