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Its work included scripting soap operas, providing footage for local Arabic news networks and allegedly distributing insurgent videos used to track the individuals who watched them, reveals an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and…
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Lamia al-Gailani, an Iraqi archaeologist and associate fellow at London-based Institute of Archaeology, said the militants had wreaked incalculable damage. As well as Assyrian statues of winged bulls from Nineveh and Nimrud, Gailani said the ISIS hardliners appeared to destroy statues from Hatra, a Hellenistic-Parthian city in northern Iraq dating back around 2,000 years.
"It's not only Iraq's heritage: it's the whole world's. ISIS espouses a fiercely purist school of Sunni Islam, deeming many other Muslims to be heretics.
The militants shoved stone statues off their plinths, shattering them on the floor, and one man applied an electric drill to a large winged bull.
The video showed a large exhibition room strewn with dismembered statues, and Islamic songs played in the background.
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