Transcript for ISIS Bulldozes Ancient City of Nimrud in Iraq
New racing history I just militants toppling statues from the thirteenth century BC. With 3000 years ago all as Iraqi forces try to push the militant group away from Baghdad right now the international hot spot Iraq. In New York the UN says crisis has sort of bulldozing the Asian city of name route that is mentioned in the old testament. This has keeping the statues are canned I'll treat which is forbidden in Islam. Iraqis though are furious at the terror group is destroying its country's history. He's he's not wars has more ice racing history an effort to stop it. The fight dale defensive to contain Saddam Hussein. But the militants of the self styled Islamic state. Is intends. They're innocent to be around thirteen thousand Iraqi soldiers and allied fighters in vote. But the recap trip to Crete if it happens is not expected to keep the I'm extinct but have more than eight months to take into their positions in the city. And it apparently set font oil wells in an attempt to slim down the government to dance. The UN has worried about the thousands of civilians now fleeing the buffalo. Wing families run from fighting and they seek safe haven our first priority is to help stabilize them and and then in coming days in coming weeks we we talk to them about their stories and about what's happening to them and this is and I think we'll have much more of a sense of what's going on into creek what's going on in them out what's going on in these places. The war has now come to name route to an ancient Syrian city founded in the thirteenth century BC. The treasure discovered here is regarded as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth sentry. Most of the artifacts long looking for museums. But the site itself still regarded as a julep Iraq's rich archaeological heritage. Iraqi officials say IS militants have begun bulldozing name rude. The extent of the damage has not shipping confirmed. It comes a week off to the jihadist militants released this propaganda videos showing themselves smashing ancient often thanks. The museum in Mosul the main hub of bias in Iraq. In very extreme interpretation of Islam the militants regard such artifacts as I. Don't trust we have to save what does that turning now to museum with tidbits that. Up to facts is gone. Nick second one they went to mainland trying to can destroy some office. Unknown a moot what is lifting the north of Iraq. Some compared with the Taliban's cultural warfare in Afghanistan that demolition of the world famous and Tommy on Buddhist. Raising the question how father is now a battle in Iraq for it sold as well as for its territory. Mike wooldridge BBC news. You can keep up with this story in real time downloading the ABC news happened starring the story for exclusive updates on ago. Even Washington international hotspots I'm damn Cutler in New York.
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