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A Syrian government forces recruit sits near a destroyed building in al-Qaryatain, a town in the province of Homs in central Syria, after Syrian troops regained control from Islamic State on April 3rd. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

An hour’s drive from Homs on the road to al-Qaryatain lies the Old Testament village of Sadad, said to be the world’s oldest. Two elderly men in dark (...)

Rubble where Isis explosives levelled walls and most of the Roman columns of the city gate in Palmyra. Syria’s director of antiquities said: “I can give you a promise that we can finish the maximum of the work within five years.” Photographs Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Syria’s director of antiquities Maamoun Abdulkarim is a happy, excited man. He asks me to step around the corner of his desk in his office in the Nati(...)

The remains of the Bel Temple in Palmyra, now reduced to a single arch sitting on top of a mound of whole and broken limestone blocks. Photograph: Martak/AFP/Getty Images

Palmyra is a city of ghosts. Ghosts of a precarious present as well as an illustrious ancient past. The new city has been emptied of its 750,000 citiz(...)

A general view shows the wreckage of a government warplane after Al-Nusra front (Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate) reportedly shot it down. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian rebels have shot down a government fighter jet over southern Aleppo province as renewed fighting across swathes of the country threatened to up(...)

A handout photo made available by Syria’s Arab News Agency shows Syrian troops deploying on on al-Jbail mountain that overlooks al-Qaryatain city in the southeastern countryside of the central province of Homs, Syria. Photograph: EPA/SANA

Syrian and allied forces backed by Russian air strikes drove Islamic State militants out of the town of al-Qaryatain on Sunday after encircling it ove(...)

Graffiti sprayed by Islamic State militants which reads “We remain”  on a stone at the Temple of Bel in the historic city of Palmyra, in Homs Governorate, Syria April 1st, 2016. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syrian troops have identified 45 bodies so far in a mass grave found in the city of Palmyra after it was recaptured from Islamic State (Isis), a milit(...)

The recapturing of the historic city of Palmyra from Islamic State may represent a significant military strategic turning point as well as a psycholog(...)

Syrian soldiers inside the historical city of Palmyra, Syria. Photograph: EPA.

The Syrian forces that recaptured the historic city of Palmyra from Islamic State have encountered dozens of mines that the expelled militants laid a(...)

Palmyra citadel: when  Syrian troops took back Palmyra from Islamic State they found the extremists have caused wide damage and demolished invaluable statues. Photograph: Sana via AP

Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes battled Islamic State insurgents around Palmyra on Monday, trying to extend their gains after t(...)

A general view taken yesterday shows part of the remains of the Arc de Triomph monument in Palmyra. Photograph: Al Mounes/AFP/Getty Images

Syria’s armed forces have driven Islamic State militants out of Palmyra, recapturing the city of Roman ruins as part of a regional push that is puttin(...)

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