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The BBC gives a tour of Syria's ancient Palmyra ruins, before ISIS bulldozers roll in

On Wednesday, Islamic State fighters are believed to have taken control of the Syrian city of Palmyra from Syrian forces. The city is just north of the ancient Palmyra ruins, home to 2,000-year-old temples, tombs, and other structures influenced by Greek, Roman, and Persian cultures. Syria has removed what it can from the site, but given ISIS's track record with antiquities, this is very bad news for the U.N. world heritage site, as well as for anyone who likes history and beauty. In the video below, BBC News provides what may be a last glimpse at Palmyra's immovable treasures. —Peter Weber