Why Is ISIS Destroying Artifacts In Iraq

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The year before, when ISIS gained control of Iraq, people had feared what would become of the Assyrian, and Babylonian art and artifacts that resided there, and it looks as if their fears were warranted.

This article titled, Why is ISIS destroying ancient artifacts in Iraq, by Jessica Mendoza, describes some of the recent acts of destruction ISIS has taken on the culture of one of its conquered nations. According to the article, ISIS posted a video that showed some of its members using construction tools such as sledgehammers and jackhammers, to demolish some of the ancient Assyrian artifacts within the Mosul Museum in Iraq. They claimed that they were commanded by the Prophet Muhammad and Allah and also claimed they were victims of history repeating itself, since according to them “This is what his companions did later on, when they conquered lands.”
However this is just one of the latest acts of ISIS in their quest to “eradicate any hint of Iraq’s non-Muslim culture and “reform the region into a single homogenous Muslim caliphate under its control.” ISIS has destroyed a number of ancient sites and artifacts of archaeological and artistic value since it gained control of Syria and Iraq. During that same time, ISIS burned more than 8,000 rare books and manuscripts the
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They are destroying the heritage of the other cultures that reside in Iraq and Syria, because those cultures aren’t Muslims. They are erasing any evidence of cultural diversity, because that isn’t the image that they desire. That isn’t the type of image they are trying to create. They are trying to create an entirely Muslims image regardless if that is what actually exists. And because reality doesn’t fit within their desired parameters, they have decided to adjust reality and destroy everything that go against their image of a purely Muslims

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