"The soldier died heroically, calling the strike onto himself after he was discovered and surrounded by terrorists."
Islamic State has blown up ancient temples and tombs since capturing Palmyra, something UNESCO has called a war crime
The IS jihadist group has claimed the killing of five Russian troops in fighting near Palmyra.
"It is now wanton destruction ... they are now blowing up buildings with no religious meaning"
The hardline Islamic State group has destroyed part of an ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra city, a group monitoring the...
In the last few days the army has intensified its aerial bombardment of Palmyra.
The Pentagon is frustrated with the choice of an explicitly sectarian codename for an operation into Iraq's Sunni bastion.
Islamic State fighters have killed at least 217 people execution-style in the area since May 16 including children.
U.S. accused Iraq's army of abandoning Ramadi to a much smaller enemy force.
"Protecting archeological sites from destruction and plundering is the battle of all of humanity."