The forces of ISIS continue their wanton destruction of cultural heritage and historical sites.
The Islamic State has destroyed another archaeological treasure – the ancient Mashqi Gate in the biblical city of Nineveh, adjacent to modern Mosul, Iraq, reported United Press International.
The Mashqi Gate, excavated in the 1960s and subsequently restored, dated back to the 7th century B.C. during the reign of King Sennacherib, also mentioned in the Bible. Sennacherib invaded Judah in 705 B.C. during the reign of the Jewish King Hezekiah and laid siege to the city of Jerusalem – an event so momentous, it is told in three different places in Scripture.
Sennacherib himself recorded the military expedition in a bas-relief along the walls of his palace, located near the now destroyed Mashqi Gate. Those original artifacts are safely displayed today in the British Museum.
ISIS has left a path of destruction through the archaeological sites of Iraq and Syria, often destroying major structures with explosives and bulldozers, while salvaging for sale on the black market items more easily transported. The group has only recently been forced out of Palmyra, Syria, but not before destroying the iconic Temple of Bel, the Arch of Triumph and the Temple of Baalshamin in August 2015.
In July 2014, ISIS blew up the tomb of the Prophet Jonah at the Nineveh site, despite the fact a mosque had stood over the shrine since the Muslim conquest.
How many more sites, that are important to the history of the world, will these barbarians destroy? If you erase history, it never happened. Is this the goal of ISIS, to eliminate historical context of the region so that their view of history is the only thing that remains? They seem to be out to show that their religion and culture are the only views that matter in the Middle East.