They may crush our history but they won’t crush those fighting for what is right. Wipe these thugs out!
A shocking video has emerged of ISIS thugs using sledgehammers and AK-47 rifles to destroy walls and statues in Iraq’s UNESCO World Heritage city of Hatra.
In the slickly produced seven minute footage, jihadists are shown smashing shrines and statues in the 2,000-year old city.
Militants are also recorded chipping away at the bases of some of the larger wall sculptures and cracking boulders into ancient city pillars, while eerie music plays in the background.
The video cuts to jihadists speaking directly to the camera with one declaring they destroyed the site because it is ‘worshipped instead of God’.
Elsewhere in the clip, ISIS thugs balanced precariously on ladders use a hammer to bang repeatedly on the back of carved faces on the side of the ancient walls until they topple with a crash to the ground.
They are also filmed blasting Kalashnikov rifles at artefacts in the city that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
The footage was posted to a militant website frequently used by the terrorist organisation.
ISIS currently controls a swath of land slightly larger than the UK, from Aleppo to central Iraq.
The fanatics claim ancient relics are ‘false idols’ which promote idolatry that violates their fundamentalist interpretation of Islamic law.
Authorities also believe they have been sold on the black market to fund their atrocities.
Last month, ISIS terrorists were pictured toppling crosses, smashing Christian relics with hammers and erecting the black flag of ISIS on churches in Nineveh, the ancient capital of the Assyrian empire.
Pictured in civilian clothing, the ISIS thugs were seen overturning statues, destroying religious icons and replacing Christian crosses with the chilling ISIS banner.
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