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Middle East Why Islamic State set off explosives at Syria's ancient Bel temple

The extent of damage at the Roman-era temple in the Palmyra complex from Sunday's explosions remains unclear. Islamic State militants took control of the UN-recognized heritage site in May. 

Sandra Auger/Reuters

In its latest assault on Syria‚Äôs cultural heritage, the self-described Islamic State has used explosives to destroy part of the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel in the ancient caravan town of Palmyra, local activists say.

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