Al-Qaeda Militants Destroy 3,000 Year-Old Artifacts in Syria
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took time off from fighting to destroy 3,000 year-old Assyrian statues in Syria.
They posted photos of their handiwork on the internet.
According to a report from the website www.apsa2011.com, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) has destroyed Assyrian statues and artifacts believed to be 3000 years old.
The Assyrian archaeological artifacts were illegally excavated from the Tell Ajaja site.
Looting of Assyrian artifacts was also carried out in Iraq soon after 2003 by Al-Qaeda, which sold the artifacts to finance its operations. The looting occurred at the Baghdad Museum (AINA 2003-04-19) as well as archaeological sites which were left unguarded as a result of the collapse of the government of Saddam Hussein (AINA 2005-02-17).
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) says they have arrested the looters of antiquities and intentionally destroyed ancient statues dating back to the Assyrian period found during illicit excavations at Tell Ajaja.