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Islamic State fighters smash priceless relics in Iraqi museum

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 01:09

Islamic State posts video of its fighters destroying priceless antiquities dating back thousands of years. Mana Rabiee reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: REUTERS CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL VIDEO WEBSITE Hardline Islamist militants in northern Iraq, destroying a collection of priceless antiquities inside a museum in Mosul. Some of the artifacts are believed to date back to the 7th century BC. Islamic State recorded themselves in the act, then released the video via a social website. This man says the statues are what he calls 'idols' from the time of the Assyrians and the Arcadians, a time -- he says -- when people worshipped something other than God. He says the Prophet Mohamad 'ordered' Muslims to get rid of statues and relics. One Iraqi archeologist based in London says the damage the militants have done is incalculable. Among the relics destroyed..... statues from Hatra, a city in northern Iraq that dates back some 2,000 years. (natsot) Islamic State espouses a fiercely purist school of Sunni Islam The group has destroyed Shi'ite and Sufi religious sites and Christian churches wherever they have found them, in those parts of Iraq and Syria that are under their control.

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Islamic State fighters smash priceless relics in Iraqi museum

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 01:09