Daesh terrorists blow up 3,000-yr-old Assyrian temple in n. Iraq

REUTERS
BAGHDAD
Published 09.06.2016 14:26
Updated 09.06.2016 14:40
A combo of handout satellite pictures collected on June 3, 2016 by the the UN Institute for Training and Research shows before (L) and after satellite imagery of the Nabu Temple in the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in n. Iraq (AFP Photo)
A combo of handout satellite pictures collected on June 3, 2016 by the the UN Institute for Training and Research shows before (L) and after satellite imagery of the Nabu Temple in the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in n. Iraq (AFP Photo)

Daesh terrorists have posted a video showing a 3,000-year-old temple being blown up in the Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq in their latest assault on some of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural treasures.

The United Nations confirmed in a statement on Wednesday evening that satellite imagery showed "extensive damage to the main entrance" of the temple of Nabu, the Babylonian god of wisdom.

Nimrud was a 13th century BC Assyrian city, located 30 km (20 miles) south of the modern city of Mosul, which Daesh terrorists seized control of in June 2014.

The date of the Daesh video was unclear and Reuters could not independently verify its authenticity.

It also showed scenes of bulldozers razing the ancient Gate of Nergal, part of the historic Nineveh city wall in Mosul, which was reported earlier this year.

As well as destroying Assyrian and Roman-era sites in northern Iraq, it blew up temples and other ancient buildings in the desert city of Palmyra in neighboring Syria. It is also suspected of raising funds from selling artifacts.

The latest evidence of destruction comes as the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga forces are preparing an offensive to retake Mosul with support from the U.S.-led coalition.

In the last two years archaeologists say Daesh has inflicted incalculable damage to historic sites, which they say form part of the world's shared history.

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