Monday, November 14, 2016

Nimrud Liberated

Troops from the Ninth Armoured Division liberated Nimrud town and raised the Iraqi flag above its buildings.
Iraqi government forces say they have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by Islamic State (IS) group militants two years ago. In March 2015, officials and historians condemned IS for the destruction of the archaeological site, which dates back to the 13th Century BC. The UN's cultural body described the act as a war crime. IS says shrines and statues are "false idols" that have to be smashed. Nimrud lies about 30km (20 miles) south-east of the major city of Mosul, which Iraqi government forces are attempting to take from IS.
Many Nimrud artefacts are now housed overseas - including these ivory pieces at the British Museum

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