Shocking! ISIS destroys historic Assyrian city of Nimrud (Watch full video)

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By Aadil Ikram Zaki Iqbal @aadil_ikram
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State (IS) have destroyed artefacts at the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq before blowing up the site. The terror outfit released an undated video that shows ISIS militants perishing Assyrian statues, idols and paintings. Nimrud, which is on UNESCO’s tentative list of world heritage sites, is the Arab name given to a settlement, which was originally called Kalhu.

The ancient city was first described in 1820 and plundered by Western explorers and officials over subsequent decades. It was also looted and damaged during the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. In the video, ISIS militants are seen demolishing the idols with big hammers. The ensuing footage shows a massive explosion that sends a huge mushroom of brown dust into the sky.  (Also read: OMG! ISIS are only 1000 kms away from Delhi; hold training at recruitment camp).

“Whenever we are able in a piece of land to remove the signs of idolatry and spread monotheism, we will do it. God has honoured us in the state of Islam by removing and destroying everything that was held to be equal to him and worshipped without him.” Militants say in the video.

IS is involved in terror activities since 1999 in Iraq under different names. But the terror outfit are known for its brutal activities like beheading, killing and raping, thereby emerging as one of the most dangerous threat to the world.

Watch the full video of demolition of Nimrud: