From green screens to Hollywood production style videos that resemble a late 90’s Kid Rock video more than Middle Eastern terror propaganda, the organization known as ISIS certainly has a flair for fear-inducing theatrics.
Last month, ISIS released an amateur quality video showing Islamic State fighters smashing priceless historic relics of ancient Mesopotamia inside of the Ninawa Museum in Mosul. It turns out the precious items being destroyed weren’t the originals, which are secure in Baghdad.
“They were copies. The originals are all here,” said Baghdadi museum director Fawzye al-Mahdi. “None of the artifacts are originals.”
Al-Madhi’s words were also echoed by Mark Altaweel of the Institute of Archaeology at University College, London.
“The reason they crumble so easily is that they’re made of plaster. You can see iron bars inside,” said Altaweel. “The originals don’t have iron bars.”
However, not everyone believes that every single artifact destroyed was a reproduction.
Mosul’s exiled governor Atheel Nuafi said “There were two items that were real and which the militants destroyed. One is a winged bull and the other was the God of Rozhan.”
Nuafi also suspected that ISIS militants stole multiple antiquities before demolishing the museum.
The winged bull — if original — is believed to have stood at the gates of Nineveh in the 7th century.
“I think the Winged Bull is very important locally, because it’s one of the few objects that hasn’t left the country or gone to Baghdad,” said Eleanor Robson, chair of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq.
ISIS captured Mosul – Iraq’s second largest city – in June of last year. Iraqi forces, fighting along side Shiite volunteers, are hoping to retake Mosul after recently reclaiming Tikrit.
6 thoughts on “Ancient Statues Destroyed by ISIS Were FAKES”
Fake terrorists destroying fake relics.
Priceless… (yes) 😉
I’m not surprised at all, in fact, I expect a story like this.
Yes, I think when the story first came out I did say that these statues looked a little too new to be ancient. Great validation.
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Hey Cathleen… 🙂
It’s raining here right now. Don’t even mind. 🙂
It was part of some photo op project that our media spun into “reality “.
Unfortunately many people have their heads buried somewhere and aren’t seeing the follow up attached to it but still voice their opinions sans full disclosure.
I didn’t watch the video but I would bet 5 paper shekels that it was filmed on a sound stage in jewllywood. I’ll even go further to say that I’d wager another 5 paper shekels that the original statuary isn’t in Bagdad. Wasn’t that city invaded and ransacked a few years back?
If any of the original statuary still exists, the Rothchilds are probably using it to hang their underwear on.