ISIS extremists destroy ancient temple of Nabu in Iraq’s Nineveh

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ISIS blowing up the Nabu temple in Nineveh province

ARA News

ERBIL – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Wednesday destroyed an ancient temple in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province.

The radical group published a footage showing the destruction of the Nabu temple in the historical city of Nimrud of Nineveh province.

In a new propaganda video, ISIS considered the ancient temple of Nabu as a “symbol of apostasy”, urging its jihadis to destroy any such temple “that have been previously used by the enemies of Allah”.

Nabu, originally a Babylonian deity, was the god of wisdom at the time of the Assyrian kingdom in the 1st millennium BC.

“The Nabu temple was one of the most renowned archeological sites in Nineveh, before the ISIS jihadis destroy it,” head of Nineveh media office Raafat al-Zarari told ARA News.

“This barbaric group is trying to eliminate the historical and cultural identity of Nineveh province through destroying such archeological sites,” al-Zarari said.

Last April, ISIS militants demolished the Gate of God [Eia] which dates back to the 7th century BC, the time of the Assyrian king Sennacherib. 

Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, media activist Zuheir Mousilly said that since its control over the city of Mosul in 2014, ISIS have destroyed much of Iraqi historic sites and monuments, including the Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Winged Bulls, and the Mosul National Museum, after stealing the removable pieces for smuggling. 

The expert on the Iraqi Antiquities Affairs Yasser Hatami condemned the destruction of the historic monuments, blaming Iraqi authorities for the inability to protect Nineveh archaeological sites. 

“ISIS views historic shrines and temples they destroy as sacrilegious and a return to paganism,” Syrian antiquities chief Abdul Maamoun Abdulkarim told ARA News in an earlier report.

Last year, ISIS extremists bombed the renowned Yezidi ancient minaret of the Shingal district (120 km west of the city of Mosul), in northern Iraq. 

In April 2015, the terror group blew up the church of Virgin Mary in the Assyrian village of Tel Nasri near the town of Tel Temir (50 km west of Hasakah) in northeastern Syria.

Also, the radical group blew up two monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria in June, 2015, according to local sources. 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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