Watch How ISIS Destructed Historic Site of Nimrud + Video and Pics

Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:23:07

ISIS terrorists by bulldozer and blew up parts of the ancient Iraqi Assyrian city of Nimrud, destroying a site dating back to the 13th century BC, in the latest example of archaeological destruction.

The destruction at Nimrud came amid other attacks on antiquity carried out by the group now holding a part of Iraq and neighbouring Syria.

The attacks have horrified archaeologists and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who last month called the destruction at Nimrud "a war crime".

bearded militants take down huge alabaster reliefs depicting Assyrian kings and deities. A bulldozer brings down walls, while militants fill barrels with explosives and later destroy three separate areas of the site in massive explosions.

"God has honoured us in the Islamic State to remove all of these idols and statutes worshipped instead of Allah in the past days," one militant says in the video.

The militants have been destroying ancient relics they say promote idolatry that violate their fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law, including the ancient Iraqi city of Hatra, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

 

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