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US condemns IS destruction of Syria temple

This handout picture provided on August 31, 2015 by UNITAR-UNOSAT shows a close-up of a satellite-acquired image, with rubble seen at the location of the Temple of Bel in Syria's ancient city of PalmyraThe United States added its voice Tuesday to the global chorus of condemnation of the Islamic State group’s destruction of the main temple in the ancient ruins of Palmyra. The jihadist group seized the ruins from Syrian government forces in May and it has since been accused of the destructive looting of the site for black market artifacts. Last month, the group beheaded the 82-year-old former antiquities chief in Palmyra, Khaled al-Assaad, and destroyed the ancient shrine of Baal Shamin.

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