IS Continues Destroying Iraqi Artifacts

IS Continues Destroying Iraqi Artifacts

Islamic State (IS) fighters have used a bulldozer to start destroying a 3,000-year-old Assyrian city near Mosul in Iraq, archaeologists and other sources have told Al Jazeera.
The demolition at Nimrud on Thursday comes less than a week after video was released showing IS fighters destroying ancient artifacts in a Mosul museum.
“They came at midday with a bulldozer and started destroying the palace,” said an Iraqi official in touch with antiquities staff in Mosul.
She said the winged-bull statues known as lamassu at the gates of the palace of Ashurnasirpal II had been smashed. It was not clear what else had been destroyed on the site, about 20km southeast of Mosul.
In last week’s IS video, fighters were shown using power drills and sledgehammers to try to destroy similar statues at the ancient site of Nineveh, within Mosul. The mutli-ton figures were placed at the palaces’ gates as protective spirits.
One source told Al Jazeera the fighters warned Mosul residents last week that they would move on to Nimrud next. Hatra, a World Heritage Site, is also believed to be in danger.
Since 2002, the World Monuments Fund has listed Nimrud as one of the world’s most endangered sites. The intricate stone reliefs, exposed to the elements, have been decaying. Without security around the site, it has been exposed to looters.
The palace belonged to King Ashurnasirpal II, who ruled a powerful empire that included Iraq, the Levant, lower Egypt and parts of Turkey and the Levant. The palace was built with precious wood, marble and other materials brought from the furthest reaches of his kingdom.
Nimrud, known as biblical Calah, is believed to have first been settled 7,000 years ago. At its height, up to 60,000 people lived in the walled city, which contained lush gardens and sprawling parks.  
Mostly excavated by the British, with the finds taken to the British Museum, the most spectacular discovery was an Iraqi one.
In the late 1980s Iraqi archaeologist Muzahim Mahmood discovered a royal tomb containing one of the biggest finds of the last century - hundreds of pieces of golden jewelry and other objects belonging to an Assyrian queen.
Iraq’s ministry of tourism and antiquities on Thursday condemned the destruction at Nimrud, stating that IS “continues to defy the will of world”.


Short URL : http://goo.gl/U9Oqkx

You can also read ...

Top German Gun Co. Not to Sell Weapons to Crisis Regions
German gun manufacturer Heckler & Koch vowed to stop...
Sanders: Saudi Rulers Spread,  Fund Terror Around the World
Saudi Arabia is “not an ally of the united States,” according...
UN Security Council Warns Against Kurdish Referendum in Iraq
The UN Security Council on Thursday warned that a referendum...
Russia Says Will Target US-Backed Fighters in Syria if Provoked
Russia warned the United States on Thursday it would target US...
France Renews Half of Senators’ Seats, a Test for Macron
On Sunday, France will elect nearly half its senate, in a vote...
North Korea May Consider Hydrogen Bomb Test
North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over...
Ship Carrying Migrants Sinks Off Turkish Coast, Kills 15
Fifteen people drowned when a fishing boat carrying migrants...
Children make up about 60% of more than 430,000 people who have poured in to Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s prime minister has accused Myanmar of ethnic...