ISIS Destroys 3,000-Year-Old Sculptures at a Museum in Mosul, Iraq

ISIS militants are seen destroying sculptures dating back 3,000 years at a museum in Mosul, Iraq. Photograph shared by @Joyce_Karam on Twitter

ISIS militants are seen destroying sculptures dating back 3,000 years at a museum in Mosul, Iraq. Photograph shared by @Joyce_Karam on Twitter

Armed with sledgehammers, drills and pickaxes, militants belonging to the ISIS are videotaped destroying ancient artefacts in a museum in Mosul, in northern Iraq. The five-minute recording was allegedly made at the Nineveh museum, and the 3,000-year-old sculptures being destroyed date back to the Assyrian Empire.

This comes fresh on the heels of news emerging from Mosul claiming that the militants, who have come to control large swathes of Iraq and Syria, have burned thousands of books and rare manuscripts at the Mosul Library as well as other libraries in areas they hold. Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, fell into the militants’ hands in June 2014 and is now under the control of the group, a splinter of the notorious Al Qaeda, which is also fighting in Syria.

According to the video, doing the rounds on social media, the group claims that it had destroyed the ancient artefacts because they were idols.

Beirut-based Foreign Policy Middle East editor David Kenner quips:

Another journalist, Sheera Frenkel, asks for a source of the carnage:

Jameel, from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, notes:

After they have burned the library in Mosul, the ISIS miltants, may they be damned, are destroying priceless artefacts in the Ninawa Museum

Palestinian Yaser Al Zaatreh tries to reason with the madness unleashed by the ISIS by asking the obvious:

A question: Are those sculptures destroyed by the ISIS in Mosul new or ancient ones which have seen centuries of invaders, Caliphs and scientists, who have not destroyed them? This is just a question.

Zainab, from Kuwait, responds to those who say people's lives are more important than the relics, saying:

If we lament what's happening to the museum in Mosul, we get comments from those who say people are the most important thing, why doesn't your heart ache for them. I swear we can take interest in two issues at the same time

And Daoud Ibrahim, from Lebanon, asks:

When will the ISIS ideology be destroyed like they have been destroying the Mosul museum?

Tounsia Hourra shares this video of the museum in Mosul from the 1950s, saying that it was Iraq's second largest museum:

The museum in Mosul destroyed by the ISIS is the second largest museum in Iraq. This is a short documentary about it


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