How Islamic State’s destruction of ancient Palmyra played out on Arabic-language Twitter; Emma Cunliffe & Luigi Curini, The Conversation

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Syria Before the Deluge is a poignant photographic journey through prewar Syria; Matthew Marani; Architects Newspaper

In 2009, architectural photographer Peter Aaron set out to Syria with his wife Brooke Allen, an author and professor of literature at Bennington College, In 2009, Peter Aaron embarked on a trip across Syria photographing its architecture and complex societies, since brutalized by the civil war.

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The true history of civilization; David Wengrow; The Week

It’s more important than conquests and monuments…

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Syria Set To Restore UNESCO World Heritage City Palmyra By 2019; Katrina Kufer; Harper’s Bazaar

After enduring ISIS attacks since 2016, the city is due to reopen by 2019…

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Syria begins reconstruction of UNESCO World Heritage castle near Homs; Trend News Agency

Syrian specialists have proceeded with the works to reconstruct Krak des Chevaliers castle, which was occupied by militants during the fighting in the Syrian city of Homs…

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Krak Des Chevaliers; Mark Cartwright; Ancient History Encyclopaedia

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Aleppo’s Old Town: World Cultural Heritage Threatened by Syria’s Civil War; Claudia Mende; Qantara.de

Large-scale destruction is being inflicted on the unique historical and cultural legacy of the Syrian commercial metropolis Aleppo. And the people of the city had actually only just begun to show an interest in that legacy. By Claudia Mende

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Citadel of Aleppo to be reconstructed in 2018, official says; Tass

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Recording heritage sites in danger with Wikipedia; John Lubbock; Wikimedia UK

I was scrolling Twitter when I came across a video of a fighter in Syria wasting ammunition to destroy an ancient Byzantine building. Jihadists in Idlib, Syria, destroy what’s left of a Byzantium era archaeological building in Deir Sunbul. The site is part of the “Dead Cities,” and is on UNESCO World Heritage List.https://t.co/LozBibwuIG pic.twitter.com/DE54KKOHQk… read more »

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The World’s 30 Most Impressive Fortresses; Tim Newcomb; Popular Mechanics

Syria – Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din

Mighty military strongholds from ancient castles to modern innovations.

A fortress protects and gives military personnel a safe harbor from the enemy. But not all fortresses were created equal. And they certainly weren’t all created the same. We look over time and distance to find the 30 most impressive fortresses from around the world and throughout history.

Crac des Chevaliers, Syria

Built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem from 1142 to 1271, the Crusader castle in Syria—and a UNESCO World Heritage site—stands as one of the most preserved examples of fortification from the era. Perched on a high ridge, the fortress has both a defensive and attacking mindset that helped keep it safe from would-be pursuers.

Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia, Chagos Archipelago

On an atoll about 1,000 miles from India, this joint operation between the U.S. and U.K. handles logistical support for troops in the Middle East. The remote location gives it the ability to track satellites and run a Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance system.

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