Destroyed statues at the damaged Palmyra Museum, in Palmyra city, central Syria. (SANA via AP)
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Syrian antiquities experts expressed shock Monday at the destruction Daesh (ISIS) wrought inside Palmyra's museum, where scores of artifacts were smashed before troops drove the extremists out of the historic town.The recapture of Palmyra by Syrian government forces Sunday was an important victory over Daesh fighters who had waged a 10-month reign of terror there. The militants also demolished Palmyra's infamous Tadmur Prison, where thousands of government opponents were reportedly tortured.Before Palmyra fell to Daesh, authorities were able to rescue more than 400 statues and hundreds of artifacts that were moved to safe areas, he said, but larger statues couldn't be moved.Abdel-Karim said that Daesh fighters smashed the statues' faces but didn't totally destroy them.The government forces had the support of Iranian-backed Lebanese fighters and Russian air power in the advance on Palmyra.
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