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From Nineveh to Mosul, the Wrecked Relics Under ISIS Control

In yesterday’s Daily Dispatch, we noted that the Islamic State terror group (ISIS) has taken over the ancient biblical city of Palmyra – known in Bible times as Tadmor, and built by King Solomon. Throughout its vile spread across the Middle East, ISIS has destroyed many sacred and historical ruins, churches, and temples, in places much like Palmyra. The Times of Israel looks at these terrorists’ record of destroying archaeological sites ancient history:

When Islamic State fighters routed Syrian government forces and took control of the ruins of Palmyra Thursday morning, the ancient city became the latest archaeological site to fall into the hands of the terror group.

The extremist group views ancient ruins as idolatrous and has looted or destroyed several heritage sites under its control in Iraq, raising fears about the fate of Palmyra — one of the best-known historical sites in the Middle East…

Islamic State militants have already looted and vandalized a museum in the Iraqi city of Mosul and have massively damaged the ancient cities of Hatra and Nineveh — both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The attacks on the ancient sites are partially motivated by the group’s hostility to non-Islamic and pre-Islamic cultures. But some antiquities authorities have charged that the destruction is a cover for the selling of looted artifacts on the black market. The proceeds have helped fund the group’s rampage across northern and eastern Syria and northern and western Iraq, where it has carved out a self-styled caliphate governed by a violent interpretation of Islamic law.

Here is a series of images of ancient heritage sites currently under Islamic State group control…

Tags: ISIS , Middle East Unrest , History

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