10 Arab historical sites destroyed by 'Daesh'

Going by different names depending on the media outlet, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant - Daesh, IS, ISIS, or ISIL - has made sure to gain many other titles to go along with their heinous acts in the region.

Taking over Syria and Iraq in 2014, the terrorist group went after ethnic and religious minorities, as well as numerous historic sites - which by title belong to the world, as UNESCO categorizes them.

As many thousand-year-old cities and artifacts have been demolished, bulldozed, and looted by ISIS, this list remembers 10 of the oldest and most important sites that went under attack.

1. Roman Theatre in Bosra, Syria

RomanTheater in Bosra, , ISIS

The Roman Theatre in Bosra has been one of Syria's historical sites since the 2nd century AD.

The façade of the theatre was destroyed by the terrorist group, who used "dynamite, fire, bulldozers and pickaxes," according to NPR. 

2. Tetrapylon in Palmyra, Syria

Tetrapylonin Palmyra, Syria, ISIS

After ISIS took over Palmyra in 2015, its members rampaged the Tetrapylon monument which dates back to 270 AD.

From 16 standing columns, which are a few meters away from the Roman Theatre, only four remained.

3. Temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra, Syria

Templeof Baalshamin in Palmyra, Syria, ISIS

What used to be one of Palmyra's best-conserved Roman buildings, the 2nd century BC Temple of Baalshamin, is now nothing but ruins. 
 

4. Apamea, Syria

Apamea,Syria, ISIS

Even though it is said that this Roman site was ransacked by thieves during Syria's civil war, ISIS made sure to add more damage. 

The terrorist group dug holes that led to ancient artifacts, which they later sold for millions of dollars. 

5. Great Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo, Syria

GreatUmayad Mosque in Aleppo, Syria, ISIS

This 8th century AD mosque and a Unesco World Heritage site was demolished during a fight between the Syrian Army and Free Syrian Army in April 2013.

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