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Atop Palmyra’s damaged theatre, Syrian musicians sing of return

PALMYRA, SYRIA: Atop the ruins of Syria's famed Palmyra theatre, recently recaptured from the Islamic State group, teenage musician Angel Dayoub sings an old Arabic favourite: "We're coming back, oh love, we're coming back." The 15-year-old's voice floats over the ancient Roman theatre, heavily damaged then abandoned by IS militants on Thursday as Russian-backed government forces drew near. "A little destruction won't stop us from coming here to play and sing on this stage, despite what happened to it," Dayoub tells…

IS destroys facade of Roman theatre in Syrian city of Palmyra

DAMASCUS/BEIRUT: Islamic State militants have destroyed one of the most famous monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra, the Tetrapylon, and the facade of its Roman Theatre, Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim said on Friday. The Syrian government lost control of Palmyra to Islamic State in December, the second time the militant group had overrun the UNESCO world heritage site in the six-year-long Syrian conflict. The Tetrapylon, marking a slight bend along Palmyra's grand colonnade, comprises a square stone…