Reports have been circulating about the destruction of the ancient city of Nimrud.
The historically significant sight was under the control of ISIS, when it was ransacked and bulldozed.
Timeless artifacts relating to human culture and antiquities were smashed or stolen. In a serious of attacks the terror group has managed to destroy the ancient culture of the area in a methodical manner.
Local forces have been fighting the group responsible for a while. It looks like they failed in securing yet another very significant site from the destructive terror group. The ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud holds certain mythological values for certain groups who dabble in the occult and end of time prophetical conspiracies. The physical destruction of the city could be a signal of an apocalyptic event about to occur to some people. To the rest, especially the people of the area, it will be an unforgivable act that would require answers.
According to the Associated Press:
Nimrud was the second capital of Assyria, an ancient kingdom that began in about 900 B.C., partially in present-day Iraq, and became a great regional power. The city, which was destroyed in 612 B.C., is located on the Tigris River just south of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, which was captured by the Islamic State group in June.
gawker.com reports :
“Islamic State members came to the Nimrud archaeological city and looted the valuables in it and then they proceeded to level the site to the ground,” a Mosul tribal source told Reuters. “There used to be statues and walls as well as a castle that Islamic State has destroyed completely.”
One politician “from Iraq’s Assyrian Christian community” theorized to Reuters that the militants leveled the site as a cover up after having stolen and sold off a number of pieces.
The ruin’s destruction is especially devastating given the great lengths taken to preserve them a decade ago. From the AP:
The late 1980s discovery of treasures in Nimrud’s royal tombs was one of the 20th century’s most significant archaeological finds. After Iraq was invaded in 2003, archaeologists were relieved when they were found hidden in the country’s central Bank — in a secret vault-inside-a-vault submerged in sewage water.
Nimrud’s bulldozing, the BBC reports, “is already being compared with the Taliban’s demolition of the Bamiyan Buddha rock sculptures in Afghanistan in 2001.”
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