New ISIS video shows militants smashing ancient Iraq artifacts

February 26, 2015 3:30 PM

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New ISIS video shows militants smashing ancient Iraq artifacts

BAGHDAD: ISIS released a video Thursday purportedly showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, describing them as idols that must be removed.

The destructions are part of a campaign by the ISIS extremists, who have destroyed a number of shrines - including Muslim holy sites - in order to eliminate what they view as heresy. They are also believed to have sold ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign a...

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