Islamic State leaders claim to be living in luxury in a vast mansion seized from a billionaire Arab sheikh.
The jihadi group’s social media sites posted photographs of the spectacular mansion, under the headline: ‘A castle for the tyrants of Qatar in Palmyra’.
Aerial snapshots show sprawling gardens surrounding the mansion, in the heart of the Syrian desert.
Aerial photographs of the sprawling hilltop mansion that Isis claims to have seized from the Qatari royal family
The photographs released by Isis social media branches show highly-manicured lawns and gardens in the heart of the Syrian desert
It is claimed that the real owners – the Qatari royal family – abandoned the villa when Isis closed in.
The leaders of the regime, which took over nearby Palmyra in May, are now said to have set up headquarters in the luxury villa, amid gold-leaf columns and plush furnishings.
One Syrian Twitter user – who claimed to have previously worked inside the palace – posted satellite imagery of the property last December.
He claimed that construction, which began in 2009, ground to a halt due to the Syrian civil war.
He added in a comment that the marble floors inside the villa are the same as those at the holy mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Social media users refer to the villa as Mozeh Palace claiming it was built for Emira Mozeh, the mother of the current Emir of Qatar, the British-educated Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
It is claimed that the Qatari royal family abandoned the mansion as Isis – which claimed nearby Palmyra in May – drew near
The luxury villa is home to several gazebos in the grounds, an indoor swimming pool, and is lavishly decorated with marble floors and gold-leaf columns
The mansion is similar in style to the Qatari royal family’s London palace, that is currently being constructed by merging together three mansions in Regent Park
A Syrian Twitter user who claimed to have previously worked at the mansion said the marble floors are the same as those in the holy mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
But no reports have yet been received from the mansion.
The photographs – released by the group’s Homs Province media network – show sprawling, manicured lawns, marble halls, grand bedrooms and an indoor swimming pool.
The sprawling hilltop mansion is similar in style to the soon-to-be London home of the current emir, who was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst.
Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, 55, one of the three wives of Qatar’s former emir Sheikh Haman bin Khalifa Al Thani, bought three prime properties in London’s Regent’s Park for an estimated £120million in 2013.
Once completed, the 13-bedroom palace will be the London home of Sheikh Hamad’s son, the 35-year-old Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad.
It is expected to be the most valuable residential property in London in private hands, with estimates claiming it will be worth about £280million.
It will also be the first residential property in the UK to break the £200million mark.
The family also own the Shard – the tallest skyscraper in Europe, Harrods and the Olympic Village.
In recent years, Qataris are thought to have bought almost one in 30 homes in London worth more than £2million.
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