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Published on Feb 26, 2015
A new video released by the Islamic State shows militants destroying a collection of priceless artifacts in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, according to an Associated Press report.
The five-minute video, which was posted online by ISIS-affiliated social media accounts and has yet to be independently verified, shows the extremists taking sledgehammers and drills to large statues dating back as far as the 9th century B.C. as they decry them as idolatrous and heretical.
"Oh Muslims, these artifacts that are behind me were idols and gods worshipped by people who lived centuries ago instead of Allah," one of the men in the video says, speaking to the camera, according to the report.
"Our prophet ordered us to remove all these statues as his followers did when they conquered nations."
The incident is sadly only the latest in the group’s recent attacks on Iraq’s rich ancient heritage.
The Islamic State last week reportedly sent more than 8,000 rare books and manuscripts up in flames.
Sadly, along with Gillette razors and educated little girls, the terrorist group appears to rank books and culture among its greatest threats.