Mosul (AINA) -- The Iraq News Network is reporting that ISIS has destroyed a modern statue of the famous Arab poet Abu Tammam. AINA has contacted several residents of Mosul and has confirmed the statue has been destroyed.
ISIS has also threatened to destroy archaeological sites in Iraq.
In Syria ISIS destroyed 3000 Year-old Assyrian Artifacts (AINA 2014-05-17).
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).