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The Desecration of Nimrud


April 12, 2015
BBC & the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Islamic State has posted a video online that shows its militants destroying the ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq. The images appear to confirm reports in March that the jihadists had vandalised Nimrud, one of Iraq's greatest archaeological treasures.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32273672




(April 11, 2015) -- Islamic State has posted a video online that shows its militants destroying the ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq. The images appear to confirm reports in March that the jihadists had vandalised Nimrud, one of Iraq's greatest archaeological treasures.

Islamic State Video 'Shows Destruction of Nimrud'
BBC

(April 11, 2015) -- Islamic State has posted a video online that shows its militants destroying the ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq. The images appear to confirm reports in March that the jihadists had vandalized Nimrud, one of Iraq's greatest archaeological treasures. The video shows them using bulldozers and then explosives on the ruins of the ancient city.

IS has attacked Nimrud and other ancient sites in Iraq as part of what it sees as a war against "false idols". In March, the Iraqi ministry of tourism said IS was heavy machinery to destroy the Assyrian ruins.

Nimrud, which was founded in the 13th Century BC, lies about 30km (18 miles) southeast of Mosul. IS has controlled Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, and nearby areas since June 2014.

The video showed militants using power tools to cut up and destroy stone artifacts at the site. After that, they place large amounts of explosions which are detonated in a huge blast, which appears to have leveled the site.

Many treasures from Nimrud are in foreign museums, but a number of giant "lamassu" statues, depicting winged beasts with human heads, and stones friezes were still at Nimrud.

The region held by the militants in Iraq has nearly 1,800 of the country's 12,000 registered archaeological sites. The reported destruction of the statues followed reports that IS burnt down Mosul Library, which housed over 8,000 ancient manuscripts.



Growing condemnation of Islamic State Nimrud Destruction
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

(March 7, 2015) -- Search Results In the news Image for the news result BBC News - Growing condemnation of Islamic State Nimrud destruction BBC‎ - 33 minutes ago. Growing condemnation of Islamic State Nimrud destruction. 4 hours ago. Destruction of ancient Assyrian city Nimrud by bulldozer condemned by UN, US. ABC Online -- Growing condemnation of Islamic State Nimrud destruction Islamic State.

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