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The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) destroyed the archaeological site of Hatra in northern Iraq. As the terrorist group extends its caliphate, its jihadist soldiers exterminate anything that, in their eyes, promotes idolatry.

Residents in Hatra told Iraqi officials the militants brought bulldozers to the site after two large explosions went off on Saturday morning. Kurdish official Saeed Mamuziniclaimed witnesses saw the militants “carrying away artifacts from Hatra as early as Thursday,” just two days before they destroyed the city.

“ISIS stole the ancient gold and silver coins, which were used by the Assyrian kings and were stored in the city,” he said.

Hatra became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. The organization condemned the demolition of the historic city.

“The destruction of Hatra marks a turning point in the appalling strategy of cultural cleansing under way in Iraq,” stated UNESCO head Irina Bokova.

Written by MARY CHASTAIN-Breitbart
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