Syria says ISIS will destroy ancient ruins if it takes Tadmur

DAMASCUS - The Syrian army is battling Islamic State militants just 1-2 km (one mile) from the ancient city of Tadmur, home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Syrian antiquities chief told Reuters on Thursday
Maamoun Abdulkarim said that if the group seizes the city, which is also known as Palmyra: "They will destroy everything that exists there."