[Ed. – The jihadists’ disregard for treasure and human life is as frightening as the U.N.’s condemnation is empty.]
The United Nations on Friday condemned as a “war crime” the bulldozing by the Islamic State group of the ancient city of Nimrud, the jihadists’ latest demolition of Iraq’s cultural treasures.
After rampaging through Mosul’s museum with sledgehammers and torching its library last month, IS on Thursday “bulldozed” the nearby ruins of Nimrud, according to the tourism and antiquities ministry.
Antiquities officials said IS militants had moved trucks last week to the site, which overlooks the Tigris river, 30 kilometres (18 miles) southeast of their main hub of Mosul.
“Until now, we do not know to what extent it was destroyed,” one official said on condition of anonymity.
Nimrud was the latest victim of what appears to be a systematic campaign by the jihadists to decimate Iraq’s rich heritage.
“I’m really devastated. But it was just a matter of time, now we’re waiting for the video. It’s sad,” said Abdulamir Hamdani, an Iraqi archaeologist from Stony Brook University in New York.