UNESCO Director General condemns ISIS destruction of ancient Assyrian site

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova has condemned the destruction by ISIS of the ancient Assyrian archaeological site of Nimrud in Iraq, describing the act as a war crime.

Bokova was speaking in response to the reports that have today been confirmed by the Iraqi government, that Nimrud had been attacked the day before by “armed extremists using bulldozers”. An Iraqi antiquities official speaking said that the attack started after noon prayers, and that some of the trucks may also have been used to haul away artifacts. Continue reading