It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The AAAS analysis reveals extensive damage in Aleppo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, dating to the 2nd millennium B.C.: "In satellite imagery, massive destruction is obvious throughout the city, and especially at the World Heritage site of the Ancient City," Wolfinbarger said. Destroyed structures include historic mosques and madrasas (Koranic schools), the Great Mosque of Aleppo, the Suq al-Madina, the Grand Serail of Aleppo, the Hammam Yalbougha an-Nasry, the Khusruwiye Mosque, the Carlton Citadel Hotel, and the Khan Qurt Bey caravanserai, as well as other historic buildings south and north of the citadel.
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
Much like the sites in Iraq that were damaged during the US invasion, or even the Baalbek site which has see-sawed between the IDF and Hamas. At the rate modern humans are going, we won't have any history preserved, even the stuff in the museums isn't safe - Iraq and Egypt were both looted during their recent wars/uprisings.
Most people may not know that it was the eastern Semites from the region of ancient Syria that formed one part of the fertile crescent, whose people would play such a pivotal role in shaping Sumer during the course of it's history and eventually forming the Abrahamic faiths.
originally posted by: dreamingawake
Maybe that's partly the intent of ISIS in that area, make sure certain history is destroyed. Or are they looking for something stored.
Not just the Christian legacy is threatened by their presence, however-- thousands of years of civilization may be destroyed under the group's reign of terror. The Associated Press reports the Islamic State has taken to destroying key archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria-- much of which includes the ancient land of Mesopotamia-- and subsidizing their income with black market sales of ancient artifacts. In addition to Mosul, the Islamic State controls four ancient cities -- Nineveh, Kalhu, Dur Sharrukin and Ashur-- which gives them nearly unbridled access to a treasure trove of statues, tiles, and other highly-coveted items by collectors. Nineveh alone contains 1,800 of Iraq's 12,000 registered archaeological sites. Qais Hussein Rashid, head of the Iraqi state-run Museums Department, tells the Associated Press that increased awareness of their black market trading is necessary to combat the problem. "They are cutting these reliefs [of Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal II, in the city of Kalhu] into small parts and selling them," Rasheed continued. "They don't need to excavate. They just need a chain saw to cut the king's head or legs if they want
originally posted by: Ridhya
Enemies of everyone in the present. And now, enemies of every human being past, present, and future.
I found a National Geographic from decades ago and it had a long article about Syria under Assad's dad, and certainly it was not the freest country in the world, but all the inhabitants were cheerful and friendly, and the country beautiful and at peace... I had started a plan a couple years ago to visit Turkey and Syria, and im afraid I will never see their treasures...