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The men who are stealing Syria’s past

Blood and treasure: a looted heritage

The remains of the ancient city of Apamea, which thrived from the 4th century BC onwards, have been seriously damaged. © AGE Fotostock

It came at the end of a long conversation in the cool heat of early March in the Turkish border town of Antakya. Foreign journalists, fearing kidnap at the hands of Islamic extremists, have largely given up crossing the border into rebel-held northern Syria,…

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