ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 45 (June 16, 2015)


Michael D. Danti, Cheikhmous Ali, Richard Zettler, Tate Paulette, Kathryn Franklin, Allison Cuneo, Susan Penacho, LeeAnn Barnes Gordon, and David Elitzer

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Key points from this report:

  • SARG direct and intentional attacks on heritage places in Syria using airstrikes and artillery continued with the targeting of a museum (Ma’arat al‐Nu’man) and allegedly areas within Palmyra and Aleppo.
  • ISIL deliberate destruction at Assur was confirmed using high‐resolution satellite imagery.
  • YPG advances on Tell Abyad in northern Syria could result in the severing of important ISIL overland routes to Turkey in the Raqqa strategic theater with broad implications for ISIL logistics, command, and criminal revenue streams.

* This report is based on research conducted by the “Syria Preservation Initiative: Planning for Safeguarding Heritage Sites in Syria." Weekly reports reflect reporting from a variety of sources and may contain unverified material. As such, they should be treated as preliminary and subject to change.

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