Islamic State Blows Up Notorious Syrian Prison

For decades, the mere mention of Tadmur Prison was enough to send chills down a Syrian's spine. The notorious facility in the desert of central Syria was where thousands of dissidents were reported to have been beaten, humiliated and systematically tortured for opposing the Assad family's rule. This weekend, it was demolished by the Islamic State group, which took over the site near the ancient town of Palmyra last month. The destruction brought mixed emotions from many Syrians who wanted it to remain standing so future generations would know its horrors. This is the first time Islamic State has taken over a city already controlled by Assad's forces.