Islamic State extremists captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra on Wednesday, drawing alarm worldwide about the fate of one of the world’s most spectacular architectural treasures.
The apparent capture of the historic city from government forces came days after the extremists took control of the strategic city of Ramadi in neighboring Iraq.
Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s general director of antiquities and museums, said Palmyra's town museum had suffered “minor damages” during the onslaught.
“The city is now totally controlled by gunmen and its destiny is dark and dim,” Abdulkarim told the Associated Press. “We are in a state...