ISIS Beheads Antiquities Scholar

August 19, 2015

The Islamic State beheaded an antiquities scholar in the Syrian city of Palmyra, The Guardian reported, and hung his body on a column in the city's main square. The Syrian state antiquities chief, Maamoun Abdulkarim, said that the scholar who was killed, Khaled Asaad, was 82 and had worked on antiquities in Palmyra for more than 50 years. “Just imagine that such a scholar who gave such memorable services to the place and to history would be beheaded … and his corpse still hanging from one of the ancient columns in the center of a square in Palmyra,” Abdulkarim said.

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