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IS militants destroy ancient city in Iraq

5:01am EST - 00:43

Officials in Iraq say Islamic State militants have begun destroying the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud. Julie Noce reports.

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This is the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq- and it may be the latest cultural heritage target of Islamic State militants. Officials from Iraq's Ministry of Tourism said Thursday IS militants have begun to destroy the ruins, seen in this file video. The city was founded in the 13th century BC and is one of Iraq's most celebrated archeological sites. It lies about 18 miles south-east of Mosul- which has been the target of U.S.-led coalition strikes on the militant group. The militants have shown little regard for historic sites. Last month they uploaded a video showing what appeared to be the destruction of antiquities in a museum in Mosul.

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IS militants destroy ancient city in Iraq

5:01am EST - 00:43