Satellite images confirm the destruction of the famed Temple of Bel in Syria’s Palmyra, the United Nations said. ISIS already destroyed the smaller Baal Shamin temple at Palmyra last week, They have carried out a sustained campaign of destruction against heritage sites in areas under their control in Syria and Iraq, and in mid-August beheaded the 82-year-old former antiquities chief in Palmyra. Known as the “Pearl of the Desert”, Palmyra, which means City of Palms, lies 210 kilometres northeast of Damascus, before the arrival of Christianity in the second century, Palmyra worshipped the Semitic god Bel, along with the sun god Yarhibol and lunar god Aglibol. Why now? why are they being commanded by their Masters to destroy these sites, do these places contain hidden ancient knowledge, some valuables to be gained?, the Americans did the same during the Iraq invasion, there’s more going on here than just a simple act of vandalism.
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