Islamic State Threatens Rare Northern Bald Ibis After Guards Flee Endangered Species Colony

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) capture of Palmyra may cause the extinction of a rare breed of bird.
A tiny colony of the northern bald ibis, was found near the city in 2002. It was home to seven of the last wild population in the Middle East.
Fighters from Isil entered the ruins of Palmyra after taking complete control of the historic city on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The al-Qaeda offshoot now control the central city's military air base, prison and intelligence headquarters, according Rami Abdulrahman, head of the Observatory.