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Iraqi historical sites at risk amid crisis

 

Historical and archeological sites in Iraq had barely survived the US occupation of the country which started in 2003, but in the past week the Iraqi Tourism Ministry has reported that up to 4,370 sites had been destroyed as rebels sweep the country from their stronghold in Mosul.

The Ministry stated that the sites had been destroyed in Mosul, Diyala, Kirkuk, Anbar and Salahuddin - all cities held by the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“Terrorism does not recognise the meaning of civilization and does not know its importance to humanity,” the Ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry called on Iraqi tribes and UNESCO to do its part to protect historical sites belonging to the era of the empires of Assyria and Nimrod, adding that Iraq had already lost 5,000 historical sites during the US invasion.

The ISIL has been in control of Mosul, Iraq's second biggest city after the capital Baghdad, since it was surrendered to them on June 10.

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