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Video: 'IS destruction of Nimrud'

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 01:28

Social media website video purports to show IS militants destroying the ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq. Paul Chapman reports.

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Video posted on a social media website appears to show Islamic State militants destroying the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq. They're seen attacking stone friezes and other artefacts with sledgehammers and power tools. The video can't be independently verified by Reuters. An unidentified man said to be an Islamic State militant says their mission is to spread monotheism. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED MAN SAID TO AN ISLAMIC STATE MILITANT SAYING: "We remove the signs of polytheism and spread monotheism in every single territory we acquire," he says. "By God, we will destroy the signs of polytheism and we will destroy the graves and shrines of rejectionists (Shi'ites) in their homes. We will smash the (Christian) crosses and we demolish the Black House (White House) in the middle of America, the home of the infidels." A tribal source from nearby Mosul said the radical Sunni Islamists had pillaged the 3,000 year old site. Many of Nimrud's most famous surviving artefacts were removed years ago by archaeologists. The video ends with scenes of what appears to be the destruction of one site with a large amount of explosives. The apparent assault on Nimrud comes just a week after the release of video showing Islamic State forces smashing museum statues and carvings in Mosul about 30 kilometres to the south.

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Video: 'IS destruction of Nimrud'

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 01:28