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Antiquities are casualties of war in Iraq and Syria

Militants of the Islamic State group are deliberately blowing up ancient sites and relics, driven by a narrow ideology that forbids idolatry, according to The New York Times. Archaeologists say that they are heartbroken at reports of the destruction publicized by the militants. Smashed or destroyed sites and relics include an Assyrian lion from the 8th century B.C.E., Shia and Sufi sites, statues of poets, and a mosque believed to have been the tomb of the biblical prophet Jonah.