Terrible terrible news to share today…
Islamic State fighters have looted and bulldozed the Biblical ancient Assyrian city of Nimrod in northern Iraq.
The location was founded in the 13th Century BC.
Nimrod is an archaeological site today (or rather was…).
IS fighters removed it's valuables and then leveled the site to the ground using bulldozers and heavy machinery.
Destroyed were all the statutes, wall reliefs, and a castle.
The UN cultural agency UNESCO described the action as an “appalling attack on Iraq's heritage”.
Islamic State says all idols must be destroyed.
I think that IS did this because they know their situation is deteriorating overall.
I say this because in their mindset – if they lose – they wish to leave their mark.
They want to leave dread of their name to the next generation.
Some in the region – and in deed in the world have urged greater action to protect the treasures of humanity left in Iraq.
Civilization largely got its start in this region, and the artifacts in this area of human dwelling carry invaluable assets to us today, let alone their Biblical tie-ins.
Middle East Correspondent