The EI has “stormed the historic city of Nimrud” in northern Iraq and “began to destroy with bulldozers,” says the Iraq Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on Facebook.

After the 8,000 rare books burned , priceless archaeological relics of Mosul suddenly demolished masses , jihadists of the Islamic State continue their attempt to change history. The jihadist group began Thursday, March 5th a new business: bulldozing the city of Nimrud, archaeological jewel of northern Iraq.

“We can not measure the extent of damage”

The EI “took the historic city of Nimrud assault and began to destroy with bulldozers,” said the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on its official Facebook page. An official of Antiquities confirmed this information to the AFP. “So far, we can not measure the extent of the damage,” said the official on condition of anonymity.

Nimrud, a city founded in the 13th century BC, is located on the Tigris River some 30 km from Mosul, northern big city of Iraq , controlled by the IE since June.

Last Thursday, the IE was released a propaganda video in which it is possible to see the jihadists reduced to pieces, to the tune of jackhammers, pre-Islamic sculptures of Nineveh in Mosul museum, including a huge Assyrian winged bull of Nergal door.


For the jihadist organization, statues, tombs and representations “promote idolatry” and therefore deserve to be destroyed.”Faithful Muslims, these sculptures behind me are idols for the people of old who worshiped instead of worshiping God,” said facing camera a jihadist in the video, raising the parallel with the destruction of the statues of the Prophet Muhammad idols in Mecca.

“I fear that they will provide more destruction

After their rampage in Mosul, jihadists have launched the guards of the museum, that Nimrod was their next target.

“This is one of the largest Assyrian capitals, there are reliefs and winged bulls. That would be a disaster”, had then told AFP Abdelamir Hamdani, an archaeologist Iraqi Stony University Brook New York.

The destruction of the treasures of Mosul had been condemned by the international community, the Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova calling for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to take up the case.

” I fear they provide more destruction , “abounded then Ihsan Fethi, a specialist in Iraqi heritage based in Jordan. “They are capable of anything, they are able to say that the temples of Hatra are pagans and blow them up,” he explained in reference to a town south of Mosul, a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

But protecting these sites – Nimrud, Hatra, and all those in the territories conquered by EI – is an almost impossible task, says Mounir Bouchnaki, director of the Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage, based in Bahrain. “If you do not have people on the ground, it is very difficult, and we may even contribute to the destruction.”