see more

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SAMMY KETZ A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows the external courtyard of the sanctuary of Baal in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. Syria's fabled desert Greco-Roman oasis of Palmyra saw its last tourist in September 2011, six months after the uprising began. Its most recent visitors are violence and looting. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY SAMMY KETZ
A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows the external courtyard of the sanctuary of Baal in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. Syria's fabled desert Greco-Roman oasis of Palmyra saw its last tourist in September 2011, six months after the uprising began. Its most recent visitors are violence and looting. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID / AFP / JOSEPH EID        (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)