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New ISIS video shows militants destroying 3,500 year-old statues in Iraq

In a new video released today, Islamic State militants can be seen destroying dozens of ancient Assyrian and Akkadian sculptures inside the Ninawa museum in the IS-controlled Iraqi city of Mosul.

In a new video released today, Islamic State militants can be seen destroying dozens of ancient Assyrian and Akkadian sculptures inside the Ninawa museum in the IS-controlled Iraqi city of Mosul.

Using drills and sledgehammers and referring to themselves as the “Islamic Police,” the militants destroyed artwork made thousands of years ago by two of the earliest known civilizations, with some pieces dating back as far as 3,500 years.

This little exercise in cultural outreach is nothing new for the Islamic State. As they’ve swept across the Middle East, the militants have destroyed libraries, ancient tombs and shrines that they deem to be heretical.

This kind of tactic that targets cultural artifacts first enraged the world when the Taliban destroyed ancient Buddhist statues at Bamiyan in Afghanistan.

Watch the Islamic State’s latest video below, via Vocativ:

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    February 26, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    What is the world doing about?

  2. Richard Morgan

    February 27, 2015 at 1:02 am

    They really want a war don’t they? I wondered for a long time why so many men went and fought in WW1 and WW2, but now I know, some people there is not option but to kill them.

  3. Mira G

    February 27, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I hope they die painfully and rotten in hell!

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    February 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Yes and the last group to do the things ISIS is doing now are the NAZIS and ISIS will meet the same fate as the NAZIS and that cant happen too soon

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