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Comparison photo reveals terrible damage to ancient Syrian city Palmyra

(Mainichi)

Photos of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra taken before the IS militant group seized the area (bottom) and after it was retaken by the Syrian Army (top) show some of the damage inflicted by IS on historical monuments. IS destroyed the some 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel (1) and the Arch of Triumph (2) during their almost one-year occupation of the city. IS also apparently laid more than 3,000 landmines in the area, which are now being slowly cleared by Russian Army personnel. The destruction of the Palmyra landmarks, as well as a famed lion statue at the city's entrance, have been just the latest attacks on ancient structures and iconography by the IS group. (Mainichi)

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