Body of antiquities scholar beheaded by IS in 2015 believed to be found

Syrian authorities may have found the body of a prominent antiquities scholar, who was publicly beheaded by the Islamic State terror group in the ancient town of Palmyra in 2015, according to the BBC.

The jihadists murdered 81-year-old Khaled al-Asaad, after he refused to divulge where some of the town’s treasures had been hidden.

Two other bodies have been found near Palmyra by Syrian forces. All three are set to undergo DNA identification.

In this undated photo released August 18, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, one of Syria’s most prominent antiquities scholars, Khaled al-Asaad, speaks in Syria. Islamic State militants beheaded al-Asaad in the ancient town of Palmyra, Syria, then strapped his body to one of the town’s Roman columns, Syrian state media and an activist group said Wednesday. The killing of 81-year-old al-Asaad was the latest atrocity perpetrated by the militant group, which has captured a third of both Syria and Iraq. (SANA via AP)
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