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Today: The destruction of Nimrud

March 6th, 2015

Episode 185 of 1349 episodes

Archaeologists and officials have expressed outrage about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by Islamic State militants in Iraq, Dr John Curtis president of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq told the programme of the city's importance. Dr Curtis said the site was very impressive and losing it would be a 'horrific crime' as it is the best preserved Assyrian site in Iraq. Dr Curtis added that military force should be use to defend sites of historic interest when needed. "Ideally one would like to see United Nations sending task forces...to look after these places," he added.

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