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Islamic State militants destroy 3000-year-old museum artifacts in Iraq

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The Islamic State group released a video Thursday in which militants in Iraq are seen destroying ancient artefacts that included idols, which are prohibited by the Muslim faith.

The five-minute video shows militants at the museum in Mosul knocking statues off their plinths and smashing them to pieces with sledgehammers.

In another scene, a jackhammer is used to deface a large Assyrian winged bull at an archeological site in the city, which the Sunni extremist group captured last summer.

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“Muslims, these artefacts behind me are idols for people from ancient times who worshipped them instead of God,” said a bearded militant speaking to the camera.

“The so-called Assyrians, Akkadians and other peoples had gods for the rain, for farming, for war… and they tried to get closer to them with offerings,” he goes on.

“The prophet removed and buried the idols in Mecca with his blessed hands,” he said, referring to the Muslim prophet Mohammed.

Experts said the items destroyed include original pieces, reconstructed fragments and copies.

They include many pieces from the Assyrian and Parthian eras dating back several centuries before Christ.

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Iraq’s Assyrians are now a Christian minority who consider themselves to be the region’s indigenous people.

Several Assyrian villages were seized by IS fighters in neighbouring Syria in recent days and at least 220 Assyrians kidnapped in the process.

The jihadists have controlled Mosul, Iraq’s second city, since seizing it in a June offensive that saw them conquer large parts of the country.

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They have systematically targeted minorities in and around Mosul and destroyed heritage sites, sparking global indignation.


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‘The worst is yet to come’: Leading conservative issues blistering argument for defeating Trump and his GOP enablers

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George F. Will, who turned 79 on May 4, is among the most prominent conservative journalists in the United States — although he has been a vehement critic of Donald Trump’s presidency and even left the Republican Party because of it. And Will’s most recent Washington Post column is especially scathing: the Never Trumper stresses that voting the “crybaby in chief” out of office in November is crucial in order to reverse the country’s “downward spiral.”

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Mitch McConnell kills resolution condemning use of tear gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protesters

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On Tuesday, Axios reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has blocked a Senate resolution that would condemn the Trump White House's forcible removal of peaceful protesters.

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church," said the report.

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Here’s the 71-word oath that could save American democracy

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Now that Donald Trump dispatched the American military to stop a peaceful protest against police killings of black men and declared he will do the same nation-wide, a little-known fact about our military looms large.

Trump expects the American military, regular troops as well as National Guard and Reserve units, to do whatever he commands. Using the racist language of some 1960’s southern police chiefs, Trump tweeted that this will include turning “vicious dogs” on protesters and “when the looting starts the shooting starts.”

“No one disobeys my orders,” Trump declared last April during the White House Easter egg roll for children.

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