Priceless 3,000-Year-Old Artworks Smashed to Pieces as Militants Destroy Mosul Museum

Julian Robinson, Daily Mail, February 26, 2015

Islamic State thugs have destroyed a collection of priceless statues and sculptures in Iraq dating back thousands of years.

Extremists used sledgehammers and power drills to smash ancient artwork as they rampaged through a museum in the northern city of Mosul.


Video footage shows a group of bearded men in the Nineveh Museum using tools to wreck 3,000-year-old statues after pushing them over.

One of the items, depicting a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity, dates back to the 9th century B.C.


A man shown in the video said the items were being destroyed because they promoted idolatry.

‘The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same when they conquered countries after him,’ the unidentified man said.

The articles destroyed appeared to come from an antiquities museum in the northern city of Mosul, which was overrun by Islamic State last June, a former employee at the museum told Reuters.

The extremist group has destroyed a number of shrines–including Muslim holy sites–in a bid to eliminate what it views as heresy.

Militants are also believed to have sold ancient artwork on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign across the region.

The video bore the logo of the ISIS group’s media arm and was posted on a Twitter account used by the group.

Yesterday it was revealed how terrorists had blown up the Mosul Public Library, sending 10,000 books and more than 700 rare manuscripts up in flames.

Leading members of Mosul society reportedly tried to stop the fanatics destroying the building, but failed.

The director of the library, Ghanim al-Ta’an, said that the extremists used homemade bombs in the attack, which took place on Sunday.

He told Middle Eastern website Geran: ‘ISIS militants bombed the Mosul Public Library. They used improvised explosive devices.’

Presumed destroyed are the Central Library’s collection of Iraqi newspapers dating to the early 20th century, maps and books from the Ottoman Empire and book collections contributed by around 100 of Mosul’s establishment families.

Isis first invaded the Central Library in January. Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books–including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science–into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts.

‘These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned,’ a bearded militant in traditional Afghani two-piece clothing told residents, according to one man living nearby who spoke to The Associated Press.

The man, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared retaliation, said the Islamic State group official made his impromptu address as others stuffed books into empty flour bags.

Since the Islamic State group seized a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria, they have sought to purge society of everything that doesn’t conform to their violent interpretation of Islam.

They have already destroyed many archaeological relics, deeming them pagan, and even Islamic sites considered idolatrous. Increasingly books are in the firing line.

Mosul, the biggest city in the Islamic State group’s self-declared caliphate, boasts a relatively educated, diverse population that seeks to preserve its heritage sites and libraries.

In the chaos that followed the U.S.-led invasion of 2003 that toppled Saddam Hussein, residents near the Central Library hid some of its centuries-old manuscripts in their own homes to prevent their theft or destruction by looters.

But this time, the Islamic State group has made the penalty for such actions death.

A University of Mosul history professor, who spoke on condition he not be named because of his fear of the Islamic State group, said the extremists started wrecking the collections of other public libraries in December.

He reported particularly heavy damage to the archives of a Sunni Muslim library, the library of the 265-year-old Latin Church and Monastery of the Dominican Fathers and the Mosul Museum Library with works dating back to 5000 BC.

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  • superlloyd

    Pinheaded morons. Hopefully they will be destroyed and unremembered soon.

    • dd121

      If Obama hadn’t pulled out of Iraq so soon, none of this would have happened.

      • Or if we hadn’t pulled into Iraq at all, none of this would have happened.

        • As usual, your comment perfectly sums up the truth.

        • NoMosqueHere

          I opposed the Iraq invasion for the reasons you suggest. But who knows what would have happened to Saddam anyway. If you live by the sword, you die by the sword.

          • Probably one of his sons would have taken over once he got too far gone.

        • Realist


      • John Smith

        If Frank Marshall Davis had pulled out of Stanley Ann a little sooner, Obama wouldn’t have happened.

        • ShermanTMcCoy


        • NoMosqueHere

          He never would have pulled out. Ha.

    • stewball

      Don’t hold your breath.

  • WR_the_realist

    Thank you, George W. Bush, for making Iraq safe for Islamic State. Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator but he would never have deliberately damaged Iraq’s priceless historical books and artifacts.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Saddam, like Syria’s Assad, also protected their nation’s Christian minority.

      However, they were both anti-Israel so apparently that trumps everything and they had to go.

      • Soddamn Insane didn’t protect young Christian women from his sons.

        • WR_the_realist

          Correct. Saddam Hussein was cruel and capricious, and tortured people for no good reason. He just didn’t create the sort of mayhem Islamic State has.

        • Jesse_from_Sweden

          Although to be fair, he didn’t protect any young women from his sons, christian or muslim…..
          Hey, equal opportunity predators you know.

      • Realist

        Jews have an undue influence in American politics.

    • Sick of it

      Saddam was brutal…to people like these guys. They were his primary targets.

  • Lygeia

    These Islamacists destroy all of these works of art because they cannot create beautiful things.


    • CaptainCroMag

      This story sickens me. These artifacts were over 3000 years old. They managed to survive all those years only to be destroyed now by morons with no appreciation for history.

      • Lygeia

        They do this everywhere the go. Muslims hate beauty, culture, romance, love and life.

        They worship death and destruction.

      • Absolutely. Nobody ever destroyed such artifacts. No Hitler, no Saddam, nobody in millennia. The worst tyrants respected the memories of the old, the history of their people. And 3 months of ISIS and 3 hours of mayhem can undo 3 Thousand years of art history.

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      No, they destroy history for a much more simple reason.

      It is actually quite smart, and follows a dogma.
      If you control history, you can control what people will learn.

      So by erasing history, by destroying artifacts, texts and other things, the only history that is left is the history that they will tell.

      Compare that to democrats in USA who wants to destroy statues of southern civil war heroes, or founding fathers who owned slaves, or monuments celebrating something they don’t like.
      Remove them and people will no longer see them and no longer remember them.

      That is how you change how history is written and by extension what people will learn about history.
      When people learn the “right” history, they will learn to think “right” as well.

      Muslims are just a bit more open about it.

  • David Ashton

    The Mosul Public Library? The “brave men” do there with the sword, what in “England” the cowards do with PC memory-holing.

    • TruthBeTold

      I have no doubt these wrecking crews are planning for the day they will have unrestricted access to The British Museum.

      • David Ashton

        Not so unlikely.

        The following day “our” media would report: “British men, apparently already on the MI5 radar, suspected of destroying much of London’s main museum are thought to have either gone to ground in Birmingham, Bradford or Leicester, or have flown via Ankara to join ISIS in Syria. The Home Secretary has issued a statement: ‘We deplore this latest outrage and our hearts go out to the families of the school children of all faiths caught in the blast. Events like this must never happen again and the police have been called away from their normal duties to give 24/7 protection to all the mosques and synagogues throughout Britain to prevent any consequent disturbances. Fortunately, some of the best known antiquities escaped destruction because they were recently returned to their original owners in Greece, Egypt and Italy. Nevertheless, we have drawn lessons from this incident, drawn lines under it, and intensify the education against racial and religious prejudice in our schools and colleges to make sure that this cannot happen again. The Prime Minister is cutting short his visit to our troops now in the Baltic States to return to supervise the situation’.”

        • and, of course, this has nothing to do with true Islam, the religion of peace and science.

          • David Ashton

            At this writing there is talk of special government subsidy to protect synagogues, supported by George Galloway, and even to bring back special forces to assist the police. However, we are told that scores of jihadis have slipped under the MI5 “radar”, and net immigration has gone up and up with the non-white regions providing the major intake. To show there is no racial or religious bias, anti-terrorist CCTV will no doubt be proposed equally for “white highlands” like north-west Scotland or northern Cornwall.

            “That’s why we are looking at further measures to put in place, so that there are no more accidents that are waiting to happen in the wrong place at the wrong time, and we can all move on.” You can write the script.

  • dd121

    Maybe this is the best reason yet not to import muzzies into western countries.

    • Rhialto

      For the Liberals, it may be the best reason to import them.

      • dd121

        For liberals, I think it’s all about getting one more vote.

  • TruthBeTold

    Tell me about the Golden Age of Islam again.

    • Bossman

      The golden age of Islam was all about raping, killing and assassination. The word “assassin” is of Arabic origin and means a drug-induced murderer.

      • OS-Q

        Hashish(an) or a Cannibis user to be a little more precise.

        The legend is that a man would take hash, be kidnapped, and put through an elaborate ruse by an old man playing the part of God in with a garden, with wine, waterfalls, fruit, and sex slaves. Suddenly the would be assassin was removed from this real world paradise and instructed that the only way to return was to kill _____ and then let himself be martyred.

        • Bossman

          That is correct.

    • John Smith

      Problem was it was a thousand years ago, where their religion has stayed, even regressed.

      • Lygeia

        Even a thousand years ago, good people were horrified by the Muslims.

    • see the above Daric of King Darius I, the Great, 550 – 486 BC.

  • Truthseeker

    The same fate could await our own historical relics if we don’t keep these people out of our lands. Wasn’t there a plot to bomb the Louvre that was recently thwarted?

    • Marilyn Rosen

      I was thinking the same thing. These people have no respect and if the gvt was smart, they’d have them gone

  • IstvanIN

    Carter was happy to see the Shah go.
    Bush overthrew Saddam.
    Obama overthrew Gaddafi and wants Assad gone.
    Our leaders sure know how to ruin a world.

    • TruthBeTold

      Someone needs to give them a lesson in The Butterfly Effect.

    • Sick of it

      Out with the old, in with the New World Order.

    • David Ashton

      Putin next? Revenge of the oily-garchs?

      • IstvanIN

        Putin will not go quietly into the night like all our so-called (western) leaders anymore than Benjamin Netanyahu would. It could get ugly.

  • james AZ

    if ISIS win the war all over Middle East /Africa/Europe . Then wait till 100 – 200 years later that children of ISIS will have LOW IQ. More nations will become failed states worse than 2015!

  • Samuel Hathaway

    Is the majesty of European Renaissance Art next on the Islamic hate list? What a tragedy that such grand art in the Muslim world has been destroyed. Europe must guard it’s cultural treasures from the jihadist menace.

    • Bossman

      They claim that statues are idols so no work of art is safe from them.

      • Samuel Hathaway

        All the more reason to shut off all Muslim immigration… all of it. I don’t wish for the grand art of the Muslim world thousands of years old to be smashed to bits, but neither do I want a trace of anyone around who would destroy European art, either

        • Lygeia

          There is no grand art of the Muslim world.

    • IstvanIN

      It won’t be long before the palaces of France will be burned to the ground followed by the majesty of Italy and the Vatican, Vienna and London. Goodness knows what they will do to Greece and Egypt.

      • Samuel Hathaway

        As much as I admire Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand for kicking the Muslims patooties out of Spain, this is no reason to destroy the Alhambra in Spain, a Moorish architectural masterpiece.

        • David Ashton

          An exception to the pattern – a European rather than Arab presence?

        • IstvanIN

          We don’t do that, they do, and will if given the chance.

    • Sick of it

      Currently muslim world. A lot of the art they’re fragging is rather ancient.

    • John Smith

      I’d expect to see paintings slashed, doused in acid or lighter fluid and sculptures hammered at various European museums in the coming years by members of the R.O.P.

  • I am terribly sorry, but these barbarians are uniquely suited to being nuked. How could one break ancient artifacts on purpose? Whatever one’s religion, or in my case lack thereof, this is wrong: criminal.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      Sorry? Whatever for?

      • I am sorry that my ex-father who had me living in terror isn’t dead yet. I am sorry that I don’t get to shoot firearms anymore. I am sorry that I threatened him. I am sorry that I didn’t just kill him after he beat up my mother the last time. When Richard Janke blew his own ex-father in half with a shotgun, my sister just looked at me, so I made my first gun when I was 14. It was a 12-gauge pistol. I shot it quite a lot. I made high-explosive shells for it out of machined aluminum 3/4-inch and some of the cases from one-inch rod stock with some of the money I made mowing lawns, and stole chemicals to make the filler. The HE shells I made were mostly nose-fuzed, but I experimented with base-fuzing.

        My mother completely freaked out when she discovered it. I am sorry for that as well. She was terribly upset, and called it a “murdering gun”. I try not to upset her, and I am sorry when I do, but that was the entire purpose of that weapon. She divorced him because one of us was going to kill the other.

        I will never forget “that talk”. I calmly explained that if she took it away, I would just make another one.

        I am very sorry, but as I have repeatedly explained, someone had to do it.

        • Marilyn Rosen

          Wow…sorry you had to go through that. My belief is Christian and Christians believe the world is fallen due to sin. I don’t think God wants these people here to terrorize us but this world is the devil’s world, and when Jesus comes back (and I wish he would’ve come years ago!) He will wipe this world away and make a new heaven and a new earth which will be inherited by the meek. Not by the current people. I understand you have different belief or none? Just want you to know there is better coming.

          • David Ashton

            Many Muslims also think the Prophet Issa (i.e. Jesus) will come back to defeat Satan and help to judge the world at its End.

  • Christorchaos

    This is the kind of stuff that roused the Crusades: Islamic philistinism to religious or historical objects.

  • Luca

    Get ready to start re-living the Dark Ages.

    • Sick of it

      I’d prefer our Dark Ages to any time period under Islamic rule.

  • MekongDelta69

    The Religion Of Pieces strikes again…

  • Kenner

    ISIS is doing to their museums what Marxists are doing to our Universities.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Glad someone here said it. About time!

  • OS-Q

    They must have a lot of money now if they are destroying old books and artifacts rather than selling them on the black market.

    • I have a very large collection of pre World War One naval engineering books. I would rather be burned myself than those come to harm.

    • Irish

      My first thought was I’d of far rather had them sit in some very wealthy collectors mansion, , gone to the world, but safeguarded from harm for 100 years . Than lost to us all forever, Sickening.. I’m running out of adjectives to describe my disgust.

      • Wow chemical engineers must have similar mind sets. I have old stuff too. Here is something from Persia that they’d probably melt down & sell if they could get it.

        Darius I, The Great, 3rd King of the Classical or Achaemenid Persian Empire, 550 – 486 BC. This is a gold daric. Not a rare coin, nor my best purchase, but old, part of history, & what a young engineer could afford at the time. Ex Gorney, Oct. 1991, lot 311. Isis would have to invade Florida to get this one.

  • NoMosqueHere

    ‘The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same when they conquered countries after him,’ the unidentified man said.

    Were Mohammed alive today he’d be leading the charge. This is what Islam is all about folks.

    • Sick of it

      And yet they dance around the Qaba…

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      Think? I rather believe he’d be too obsessed with kiddie porn to be out jihading around.

  • Subhumans displaying their envy in a tragic chimpout. What else is new?

  • dukem1

    Hope they get a lot of Al-Abba Hoojahoomas on the school boards of Dearborn MI or Fairfax VA….The sooner the Mohammedans take over, the better,,,Right?
    Or, conversely, someone, somewhere in the US will wake the heck up.
    Details at 11.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    May the curse of the Iraqi Mummies get them.

  • cherrie greenbaum123

    This is what the blacks are doing to Western civilization. Wrecking it. Wake me up when someone starts to care about that. Until then, this is only background noise.


    “Now, let me be clear about this. What these men did is utterly reprehensible. But knowing the way in which xenophobic bigots will use so events to demonize my religi,,, uh, I mean ugh,, people’s religion. I just want to state the obvious here. This barbaric destruction of humanity’s past, HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM”. – Sincerely, Barry Barrack Hussain Obama Soetorroe

  • Sick of it

    Why would mixed raced bastards care about what other people created?

    • Lygeia

      It is, why would mixed race people care about what white people created?

  • Sharps Rifle

    The only good moslem is a dead one. These should be made good as soon as possible.

  • De Doc

    What do you expect from Sand Negroes?

  • Irish

    Positively revulting..Thousands year old art I almost certainly would never have seen but in a book, yet it make furious for the history lost.. I remember when the Taliban blew up those ancient, massive statues of The Buddha I’d seen in a book as a child feeling the same way..One more reason these facist savages need to be stamped out .

  • KenelmDigby

    The next time you ever hear someone pontificating about the British Museum having custody of the Elgin marbles or any other antiquity originating in a foreign land, remember this.

  • Light from the East

    Islam = Anti civilization, anti tolerance, anti humanity.

    Anti Islam = Civilization, tolerance, humanity.

  • Tim

    Funny how they destroy statues with power tools… You`d think they would smash electric drills with stones…

    • Lygeia

      We use power drills to create things.

      • Tim

        Reminds me of what my AA gunner father said about being transferred from Naples to fight Kamikazes. “They were told to die and we were trained to live…”

  • Whirlwinder

    This is what Islam does. If it dates further back in time than the birth of Mohammed, then it does not pertain to Islam and therefore not worth saving. Hence, when the EU is overrun with the vermin, the books in all libraries will be burned and all churches will either be destroyed, turned into mosques or stables or whatever. Where ever Islam goes, civilization dies.