Islamic State group jihadists mutilated the body of a famed Syrian archaeologist after killing him execution-style in the ancient city of Palmyra last week, his family said Sunday. Khaled al-Assaad, Palmyra’s antiquities chief for 50 years, was on Tuesday beheaded by IS militants who tied his body to a post before hanging it in the city’s ruins, amid international outrage. ‘Residents of Palmyra told me that IS had cut up my father’s body into pieces,’ said Mohammad al-Assaad, one of Khaled’s sons, said at a wake held Sunday at Damascus National Museum. ‘My father used to always say, ‘I’ll die standing up, like the palm tree of Palmyra,” Mohammad told AFP. He added that despite threats from jihadists, his father had refused to leave

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