Nineveh – (IraqiNews.com) Only damage and destruction left in the historic city of Nimrud, after being liberated by security forces from the Islamic State’s control.
In 2015, the Islamic State extremist group (ISIS) announced its intention to destroy the archaeological sites in the city of Nimrud due to its “un-Islamic” nature. In the same year, the Iraqi government announced that ISIS used bulldozers to demolish remains of the city.
A video released in March 2015, showed a lamassu (an Assyrian winged bull which had guarded the palace entrance and stood as symbols of the strength and culture of the Assyrian empire when it was at the height of its powers) statue in the city being attacked by an ISIS terrorist with a sledgehammer. Another video posted online by the group in April 2015 showed the site being destroyed by bulldozers and explosives.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Museum published the following photos on its Facebook page to show how the hatred of the terrorist group toward citizens also extended to historical and archaeological sites.