ISIS has released a disturbing new video of their fighters smashing ancient pieces of art as they destroy the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq.
The terrorists used sledgehammers and power drills to wreck statues and other artwork that date as far back as 3,000 years. One item that was destroyed was a depiction of a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity, which was made sometime around the 9th century B.C.
“The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same when they conquered countries after him,” an unidentified man said in the video, according to Daily Mail.
ISIS has recently been destroying numerous shrines, including holy Muslim sites, in their campaign to eliminate anything they view as heresy. Yesterday, it was revealed that the terrorist group blew up the Mosul Public Library, sending over 10,000 books and 700 manuscripts up in flames.
ISIS reportedly did not destroy all the artwork in the Ninevah Museum, however. They are said to be selling various pieces of ancient art on the black market to finance their campaign of terror.