Fears Grow for Safety of Iraq's Cultural Heritage Under ISIS

14 Jul 2014 7:52 AM | Anonymous
Fears Grow for Safety of Iraq's Cultural Heritage Under ISIS
Iraq has a long and rich heritage, home for thousands of years to mighty empires -- Assyria and Babylon, the Abbasid caliphate -- that ruled the region once known as Mesopotamia, widely held as the cradle of western civilisation and as a major centre of classical Islam. The region is thick with history, and historical artefacts.

But when in June the extremist Sunni group ISIS took over swathes of northern Iraq, within a day or two of taking Mosul the group issued edicts which included orders to destroy Shiite graves and shrines and other ancient relics -- orders which appear to have been carried out, with six sites destroyed. Rumour and fears over the possible fate of the region's even more ancient cultural heritage under this heavy-handed new regime have filled the gap since.


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