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The historic city of Palmyra

Tourists take pictures at the ancient Palmyra theater in the historical city of Palmyra April 18, 2008. Islamic State fighters in Syria have entered the ancient ruins of Palmyra after taking complete control of the central city, but there are no reports so far of any destruction of antiquities, a group monitoring the war said on May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Tourists take pictures at the ancient Palmyra theater in the historical city of Palmyra April 18, 2008. Islamic State fighters in Syria have entered the ancient ruins of Palmyra after taking complete control of the central city, but there are no...more

Tourists take pictures at the ancient Palmyra theater in the historical city of Palmyra April 18, 2008. Islamic State fighters in Syria have entered the ancient ruins of Palmyra after taking complete control of the central city, but there are no reports so far of any destruction of antiquities, a group monitoring the war said on May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Camels are seen in front of the Temple of Bel at the historical city of Palmyra October 22, 2010. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Camels are seen in front of the Temple of Bel at the historical city of Palmyra October 22, 2010. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Camels are seen in front of the Temple of Bel at the historical city of Palmyra October 22, 2010. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Tourists walk in the Temple of Bel at the historical city of Palmyra October 22, 2010. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Tourists walk in the Temple of Bel at the historical city of Palmyra October 22, 2010. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Tourists walk in the Temple of Bel at the historical city of Palmyra October 22, 2010. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A group of tourists dance in front of the Temple of Bel at the historical city of Palmyra October 22, 2010. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A group of tourists dance in front of the Temple of Bel at the historical city of Palmyra October 22, 2010. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A group of tourists dance in front of the Temple of Bel at the historical city of Palmyra October 22, 2010. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A general view of the Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra April 18, 2008. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A general view of the Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra April 18, 2008. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A general view of the Temple of Bel in the historical city of Palmyra April 18, 2008. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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A mummy is pictured inside the museum of Palmyra in the historical city of Palmyra April 18, 2008.  REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A mummy is pictured inside the museum of Palmyra in the historical city of Palmyra April 18, 2008. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

A mummy is pictured inside the museum of Palmyra in the historical city of Palmyra April 18, 2008. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
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Residents walk in Palmyra city May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Residents walk in Palmyra city May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Residents walk in Palmyra city May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Residents inspect damage near Fakhreddin's Castle (top) at the historical city of Palmyra May 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Stringer

Residents inspect damage near Fakhreddin's Castle (top) at the historical city of Palmyra May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Residents inspect damage near Fakhreddin's Castle (top) at the historical city of Palmyra May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Tourists look at a statue of Athena, the Greek goddess of peace and war, in the museum of Palmyra in the historical city of Palmyra April 18, 2008. Reuters/Omar Sanadiki

Tourists look at a statue of Athena, the Greek goddess of peace and war, in the museum of Palmyra in the historical city of Palmyra April 18, 2008. Reuters/Omar Sanadiki

Tourists look at a statue of Athena, the Greek goddess of peace and war, in the museum of Palmyra in the historical city of Palmyra April 18, 2008. Reuters/Omar Sanadiki
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Residents walk near a military truck that belongs to forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, near the historical city of Palmyra May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Residents walk near a military truck that belongs to forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, near the historical city of Palmyra May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Residents walk near a military truck that belongs to forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, near the historical city of Palmyra May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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A general view of Palmyra's famous graves pictured in the historical city of Palmyra May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

A general view of Palmyra's famous graves pictured in the historical city of Palmyra May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

A general view of Palmyra's famous graves pictured in the historical city of Palmyra May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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A road sign is pictured in Palmyra city May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

A road sign is pictured in Palmyra city May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

A road sign is pictured in Palmyra city May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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A general view of Palmyra's famous graves is pictured in the historical city of Palmyra May 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Stringer

A general view of Palmyra's famous graves is pictured in the historical city of Palmyra May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

A general view of Palmyra's famous graves is pictured in the historical city of Palmyra May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in the ancient city of Palmyra, in the heart of the Syrian desert November 18, 2011. REUTERS

Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in the ancient city of Palmyra, in the heart of the Syrian desert November 18, 2011. REUTERS

Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in the ancient city of Palmyra, in the heart of the Syrian desert November 18, 2011. REUTERS
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The sun sets behind ruined columns at the historical city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert northeast the capital of Damascus November 12, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

The sun sets behind ruined columns at the historical city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert northeast the capital of Damascus November 12, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

The sun sets behind ruined columns at the historical city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert northeast the capital of Damascus November 12, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri
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A Japanese tourist stands near a statue carved in an image of a lady at the museum in Palmrya city October 17, 2009. REUTERS/ Khaled al-Hariri

A Japanese tourist stands near a statue carved in an image of a lady at the museum in Palmrya city October 17, 2009. REUTERS/ Khaled al-Hariri

A Japanese tourist stands near a statue carved in an image of a lady at the museum in Palmrya city October 17, 2009. REUTERS/ Khaled al-Hariri
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Tourists ride camels in the historical city of Palmyra, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Nour Fourat

Tourists ride camels in the historical city of Palmyra, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Nour Fourat

Tourists ride camels in the historical city of Palmyra, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Nour Fourat
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Tourists walk in the historical city of Palmyra, September 30, 2010.  REUTERS/Nour Fourat

Tourists walk in the historical city of Palmyra, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Nour Fourat

Tourists walk in the historical city of Palmyra, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Nour Fourat
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A general view shows the historical city of Palmyra, October 28, 2007.  REUTERS/Nour Fourat

A general view shows the historical city of Palmyra, October 28, 2007. REUTERS/Nour Fourat

A general view shows the historical city of Palmyra, October 28, 2007. REUTERS/Nour Fourat
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Tourists walk in the historical city of Palmyra, April 14, 2007.  REUTERS/Nour Fourat

Tourists walk in the historical city of Palmyra, April 14, 2007. REUTERS/Nour Fourat

Tourists walk in the historical city of Palmyra, April 14, 2007. REUTERS/Nour Fourat
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A man rides a motorcycle with a child in the historical city of Palmyra, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Nour Fourat

A man rides a motorcycle with a child in the historical city of Palmyra, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Nour Fourat

A man rides a motorcycle with a child in the historical city of Palmyra, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Nour Fourat
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Tourists walk near columns in the historical city of Palmyra, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Tourists walk near columns in the historical city of Palmyra, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Tourists walk near columns in the historical city of Palmyra, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Tourists walk in the historical city of Palmyra, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Tourists walk in the historical city of Palmyra, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Tourists walk in the historical city of Palmyra, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Columns are pictured in the historical city of Palmyra, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Columns are pictured in the historical city of Palmyra, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Columns are pictured in the historical city of Palmyra, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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