Radical Islamists Destroy Syrian Artifacts – Ilan Ben Zion (Times of Israel)
(dailyalert.org, May 22, 2014)
Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, that controls a large swath of eastern Syria, destroyed antiquities from an ancient Mesopotamian site in an act of cultural genocide strikingly similar to the Taliban’s demolition of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001.
Pictures on the Internet show ISIL fighters smashing a 3,000-year-old Neo-Assyrian statue.
In January 2014, the radical Islamist ISIL destroyed a sixth-century Byzantine mosaic near the city of Raqqa.