ISIS Destroys Ancient City Of Nimrud

An Islamic State’s video released on Sunday shows the terrorist group wrecking the archeological site of Nimrud. This was the center of the Assyrian empire mentioned in the book of Jonah dating back to the 13th century B.C. Groups like ISIS have a long history of defacing archeological sites for the purposes of destroying idols or anything considered heretical to the worship of Allah. For example, the king’s tomb in Petra – made famous by the Indiana Jones movie, The Last Crusade – has all human likenesses and images chiseled away because they were considered blasphemous. Director of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Irina Bokova says, “Its frescos and works are celebrated around the world and revered in literature and sacred texts.” The seven-minute video shows militants using sledgehammers, jackhammers, bulldozers and explosives to bring down huge alabaster reliefs depicting Assyrian kings and deities. One militants states in the video, “God has honored us in the Islamic State to remove all of these idols and statutes worshipped instead of Allah in the past days.” Another militant adds, “whenever we seize a piece of land, we will remove signs of idolatry and spread monotheism.