The destructions are part of a campaign by the IS extremists who have destroyed a number of shrines -- including Muslim holy sites -- in order to eliminate what they view as heresy. They are also believed to have sold ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign across the region.
The five-minute video shows a group of bearded men inside the Mosul Museum using hammers and drills to destroy several large statues, which are then shown chipped and in pieces. The video then shows a black-clad man at a nearby archaeological site inside Mosul, drilling through and destroying a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity that dates back to the 7th century B.C.
In New York, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N.'s cultural agency, UNESCO, is examining the video. "The destruction of cultural heritage is reprehensible and criminal," Dujarric said, adding that it robs current and future generations of the history of their past. (Continue Reading.)
Friday, February 27, 2015
ISIS Destroys Ancient Artifacts at Mosul Museum
When Muhammad conquered Mecca, he and his followers destroyed the idols at the Ka'ba. Not surprisingly, Islamic State jihadists, who are imitating the early Muslim community to the letter, have destroyed the ancient artifacts on display at a museum in Mosul.