Syrian state antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim said Asaad’s family had informed him that the scholar, who had been held for over month, was beheaded in Palmyra on Tuesday, according to the Guardian.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Mr Asaad was beheaded in the square outside the museum in Palmyra where he had been in charge since the 1960s. Militants then hung his body from a Roman column at an archeological site in Palmyra.
The Turkish government has censured the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for airing a report on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), saying the news organization is “overtly” supporting “terrorism”. Instead of allowing the Republican...
Turkey said on Tuesday it had agreed with the United States on terms for setting up a “safe zone” inside northern Syria as part of their campaign against Islamic State militants, but the US State Department denied there was any such agreement.
Ankara launched raids against the group on July 24 after its members killed two police officers in retaliation for a suicide attack in the southeast town of Suruc last month that was carried out against Kurdish activists by a Turkish citizen with suspected ties to the Islamic State.