Iraqi forces retake ancient city of Nimrud from IS militants

IS posted a video showing explosions at Nimrud after capturing it
IS posted a video showing explosions at Nimrud after capturing it

Iraqi government forces say they have captured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city overrun by Islamic State (IS) group militants two years ago, according to a report by the BBC.

In March 2015, officials and historians condemned IS for the destruction of the archaeological site, which dates back to the 13th Century BC, the BBC added.

The UN’s cultural body described the act as a war crime.

IS says shrines and statues are “false idols” that have to be smashed.

Nimrud lies about 30km (20 miles) south-east of the major city of Mosul, which Iraqi government forces are attempting to take from IS, the BBC explained.

The BBC also wrote, an Iraqi military statement said: “Troops from the Ninth Armoured Division liberated Nimrud town completely and raised the Iraqi flag above its buildings after inflicting loss of life and equipment on the so-called Islamic State.

The views expressed in Op-Ed pieces are those of the author and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of Libyan Express.
How to submit an Op-Ed: Libyan Express accepts opinion articles on a wide range of topics. Submissions may be sent to oped@libyanexpress.com. Please include ‘Op-Ed’ in the subject line.
Azara Media Azara Media
You might also like

Submit a Correction

For: Iraqi forces retake ancient city of Nimrud from IS militants

Your suggestion have been successfully submitted

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

Libyan Express will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.