Rampaging, demolishing sacred sites and cultural heritage

At the beginning of April a shocking video founds its way on several international television station showing another horrible war crime by ISIS. In the moving pictures we can see ISIS militants using sledgehammers, AK-47 rifles  and bulldozers to destroy walls and statues in Iraq‘s UNESCO World Heritage city of Hatra.

Like other video’s they are well produced and present a seven minute footage of carnage, jihadists 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’. Though we can question who would have worshipped that city today! Also we can ask them who of the people today would still worship those gods depicted on the walls.

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.

For sure there has not yet come an end to their war crimes.

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Islamic militant sect, ISIS, which has been rampaging across the north and west of Iraq since last month, has been demolishing sacred sites such as shrines and mosques around the historic northern city of Mosul in Nineveh province.





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Last 2 months we saw on television continuous destructions of world patrimony and cites which could bring tourists to the regions, but with nothing left over there is nothing to bring tourist to such now desolate places. Deliberately bulldozing the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrod in the north of the country was a terrible thing to watch.

Are they also going to take photo’s of black cats, white swans, cows out of the houses and burn them as pagan pictures? they do as if people today still would worship those gods presented in those statues. The extremist organization has assaulted the city of Nimrud,Calah archaeological site (ancient name Kalhu). The wall lines and canals in modern day Iraq of Nebuchadnezzar city are also damaged. Today adjacent to modern Mosul, Iraq, the ruins of ancient Nineveh are centered on two mounds, the acropolis at Kuyunjik and Nebi Yunis (Arabic for “Prophet Jonah”). By wrecking such historical left overs they are also taken down important historical witnesses for their children and Islam history.

For Jews, Christians and Muslims the cite is connected with the grandson of Ham and great-grandson of Noah and with the earliest monarchy in Babylonia by Nimrod, (meaning “rebel”) one of the sons of Kush, who could well have had as his real name Gilgamesh about whom the myth says that he was “2/3 god and 1/3 man.” It is not because Nimrod came from a line which was cursed by Noah and by many in the old days he was considered a sort of god (high person) that we should get rid of all the treasures of his period.

When the prominent member of the Semitic family Terah, the son of Nahor and his wife Amathlai had become the happy parents of a baby boy, he could not think of giving up this lovely baby, born to him at his old age after such longing. He had managed to keep his wife’s expectancy a secret. None of his servants knew about the birth of his son. There was a secret passage leading from his palace to a cave in the field. He took the baby to that cave and left it there. Instead of offering his own baby he used one of his servants.

Nimrod thought it was mighty loyal of Terah to give up his only son, born to him in his old age. Little did he know that it was not Terah’s son who was brought to die, but a servant’s.

For three years little Abraham remained in the cave, where he did not know day from night. Then he came out of the cave and saw the bright sun in the sky, and thought that it was God, who had created the heaven and the earth, and him, too. But in the evening the sun went down, and the moon rose in the sky, surrounded by myriads of stars.

“This must be God,” Abraham decided. But the moon, too, disappeared, and the sun reappeared, and Abraham decided that there must be a God Who rules over the sun and the moon and the stars, and the whole world.

And so, from the age of three years and on, Abraham knew that there was only one God, and he was resolved to pray to Him and worship Him alone. This son of Terah became the patriarch for Jews, Christians and Muslims, so you would expect Muslims also to be keen to keep the historical background of that important chosen one by God to be kept intact.

The Sumerians, the Babylonians, the Assyrians; and the Hittites mentioned Nimrod, him being the most popular hero in the Ancient Near East. Perhaps the rebels wanted to proof that they are a stronger rebel and wanted to take his memory off the blackboard. In any case the world has lost an immense invaluable treasure.

George C. Papagiannis, the Unesco world heritage officer in charge in Iraq from 2009 to 2011, said the loss of any artifacts from Nimrud was a dark blow to historical preservation.

“These extremists are trying to destroy the entire cultural heritage of the region in an attempt to wipe the slate clean and rewrite history in their own brutal image,”

he said, adding that Nimrud was recently nominated by the Iraqi government to be placed on Unesco’s list of world heritage sites, locations chosen for their “universal value.”

The head of the UN’s cultural agency has good reasons to condemn the “systematic” destruction in Iraq as a “war crime”.

We also can wonder what would still be there to attract tourists when the Islamic State shall be a real state necessary to have funds to survive. ISIS controlling for the moment large areas of Iraq and Syria, says shrines and statues are “false idols” that have to be smashed.

“They are erasing our history,”

said Iraqi archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani.

Ihsan Fethi, a member of the Iraqi Architects Society, said,

“I cannot even describe the immensity of this loss.” He added, “This is one of the most famous and probably one of the most important sites in the world.”

According to BBC

IS “assaulted the historic city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy vehicles,” the tourism and antiquities ministry said on Thursday.

It said the militants continued to “defy the will of the world and the feelings of humanity”, calling for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss how to protect cultural heritage in Iraq.

Nimrud covers a large area, and it is not yet clear whether it has been totally destroyed,

the BBC correspondent says.

In the meantime we should take Mr. Fethi’s warning very serious and know that several sites in that region were very well preserved by their remote location, but

leaving these gangs without punishment will encourage them to eliminate human civilization entirely, especially the Mesopotamian civilization, which cannot be compensated,

the ministry added in its statement.

In this image made from video posted on a militant social media account affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a militant takes a sledgehammer to a relief at the site of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud.

In this image made from video posted on a militant social media account affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a militant takes a sledgehammer to a relief at the site of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud. (Associated Press)


El-Kerbala’i: Islamic Supreme Religious Authority Instructs Military Forces And Requests Support For Tribes In Anbar

Mar 6, 2015. Second part of the Friday Sermon held in the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine, the representative of the Islamic Supreme Religious Authority and the preacher of the Friday Sermon in Kerbala city, His Eminence Sheikh Abdul-Mehdi El-Kerbala’i mentioned three important issues:


We commend the achieved victories in many parts of the country by the brave volunteers and military forces who dedicated their lives for the sake of freeing their country from terrorism.

The Islamic Supreme Religious Authority honors the courageous efforts of the fighters in eliminating the threat of the terrorist group ISIS in numerous Iraqi cities.

However, a few points and instructions are emphasized by the Religious Authority:

1) The volunteers and military forces must organize their front-lines, develop and enhance battle strategies, and not act impulsively because the enemy will take advantage of any mistake.

2) The fighters must develop a spirit to overcome the psychological strains imposed upon them.

3) In addition, the battles taking place should not threaten any civilian other than the terrorist group and enemies.


Numerous tribes in Anbar have joined the fight against ISIS; however, they are facing challenges due to the lack of weaponry and necessary equipment to continue their battle against terrorism. Nonetheless, the families in those areas are also facing challenges due to the lack of living supplies.

For this reason, it is the responsibility of the government to provide the necessary support they require to continue their fight against the terrorist groups.

During the past few days, ISIS, and once again have demonstrated their savagery and brutality through the destruction of numerous archeological sites in Nineveh as well as the demolishment of the National Museum in Mosul.

Thus, day after day the cruelty and viciousness of this terrorist group is evidently seen through its hatred towards civilization and humanity.




Preceding articles:

 ISIL will find no safe haven

Wrong choices made to get rid of Assad

Cities not under fear but monuments feared


Please do find also to read:

  1. Islamic State B-movie of attack on Nimrud
  2. Nimrud: Outcry as IS bulldozers attack ancient Iraq site
  3. Shock new video shows ISIS thugs smashing historic Iraqi city of Nimrud with barrel bombs, bulldozers and jackhammers in orgy of destruction slammed as a war crime by the United Nations
  4. Islamic State Attacks Ancient City of Nimrud With Bulldozers
  5. BBC News-Nimrud: Outcry as IS bulldozers attack ancient Iraq site
  6. ISIS Attacks Nimrud, a Major Archaeological Site in Iraq
  7. ISIS destroys ancient ruins of Nimrud, video shows
  8. ISIS Bulldozes One-of-a-Kind Ancient Palace in Iraq
  9. Monuments under attack
  10. IS ‘bulldozed’ ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, Iraq says


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About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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