The Courier-Mail

ISIS van­dals tar­get an­cient tem­ple


CAIRO: The ISIS ex­trem­ist group has de­mol­ished parts of the tem­ple of Bel, the largest mon­u­men­tal com­plex in the an­cient city of Palmyra, the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights says.

A lo­cal ac­tivist group says the ex­trem­ists had blown up the richly carved main tem­ple build­ing at the cen­tre of the sanc­tu­ary. The force of the blast also caused ma­jor dam­age to the sanc­tu­ary’s colon- DES MOINES: Don­ald Trump con­tin­ues to lead Repub­li­can US pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates but re­tired neu­ro­sur­geon Ben Car

son is clos­ing the gap

l,nades and for­ti­fied outer wall, the Palmyra Co­or­di­na­tion ac­tivist group said.

The tem­ple of Bel stands at the end of the an­cient city’s col­umn-lined main street.

Its cen­tral shrine area, or cella, was ex­tremely well pre­served. Ac­cord­ing to UN cul­tural agency UNESCO, the tem­ple is “one of the most im­por­tant re­li­gious build­ings of the 1st cen­tury AD in the East and of unique de­sign”. be­tween them, ac­cord­ing to a new poll.

Mr Trump is first with 23 per cent sup­port, while Dr Car­son has 18 per cent.

The Des Moines Register/ Bloomberg Pol­i­tics sur­vey re­sults found that, although Mr Trump led Dr Car­son, the lat­ter had the high­est favoura­bil­ity rat­ing among the 17 GOP can­di­dates. Just 8 per cent of those sur­veyed held neg­a­tive views of Dr Car­son. The poll also found sup­port for the other Repub­li­can can­di­dates, all sea­soned politi­cians, sank to sin­gle dig­its, per­cent­age­wise.

“Wow,” Ke­dron Bard­well, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of po­lit­i­cal science at Simp­son Col­lege in Indianola, Iowa, told the Des Moines Register. “This poll will have Repub­li­can con­sul­tants shak­ing heads in be­wil­der­ment. Not since 1992 has anti-es­tab­lish­ment sen­ti­ment been this strong.”

Polls have found that sup­port for non-es­tab­lish­ment can­di­dates has run in par­al­lel with grow­ing anger at Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can politi­cians.

Mr Trump has re­port­edly built sup­port among many of the coun­try’s con­ser­va­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

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