Islamic State group militants target Iraq's libraries in war on culture, learning in Mosul

January 31, 2015 6:15 AM

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Islamic State group militants target Iraq's libraries in war on culture, learning in Mosul

In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 photo, Iraqis look at books on al-Mutanabi Street, home to the city's book market in central Baghdad. One afternoon this month, Islamic State militants arrived at the Central Library of the northern city of Mosul in a non-combat mission. They broke the locks that kept the two-story building closed since the extremists overran the city in mid last year, loading some 2,000 books included children stories, poetry, philosophy, sports, health and cultural and scientific publications into six pickup trucks and leaving behind only the Islamic religious ones. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim) (The Associated Press)

In this Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 photo, an Iraqi man looks at books on al-Mutanabi Street, home to the city's book market in central Baghdad. One afternoon this month, Islamic State militants arrived at the Central Library of the northern city of Mosul in a non-combat mission. They broke the locks that...

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