WATCH: ISIS razes ancient city in latest bid to erase ‘un-Islamic’ history
The Islamic State group has released footage showing jihadists demolishing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in the self-styled Caliphate’s latest attempt to wipe out Iraq’s pre-Islamic history.
The video, which surfaced over the weekend, shows Islamic State fighters using power-tools, including a jackhammer, as well as sledgehammers to shatter ancient relics depicting Assyrian figures and deities. The militants then detonate explosives at the site, resulting in a massive explosion that appears to have totally razed the city.
ISIS pledged to destroy the city in northern Iraq, 30 kilometers south of Mosul due to its ‘un-Islamic’ nature.