MOSUL, Iraq, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The Islamic State released a video purportedly showing men using sledgehammers, power drills and pickaxes to destroy priceless 3,000-year-old artifacts at Iraq's Mosul Museum.
The five-minute video shows unnamed men smashing the artifacts, some of which date back to the Assyrian Empire from 2500 B.C. to 605 B.C. The IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL, have occupied the museum since last summer. The group said the artifacts were symbols of idol worship and inconsistent with Islam.