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Mum Relives Playground Kidnap Of Murdered Girl

Written By nana jamaika on Jumat, 17 April 2015 | 10.52

The mother of a nine-year-old girl found murdered in France has told how she watched helplessly as a kidnapper drove off with the girl after snatching her from a playground.

The naked body of the child, who is being named in French media only as Chloe, was found in woods close to Calais within two hours of the attack.

Prosecutors said there were signs she had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

A 38-year-old man from Poland, who was detained near the scene, has confessed to the kidnapping on Wednesday.

Officials said he was planning to cross the Channel from Calais to England, where his sister lives.

He had been banned from France after serving time in prison for robbery, but had made it back into the country hours before the abduction.

The girl's mother, named only as Isabelle, told Le Parisien newspaper how she had left the child playing with a friend in the playground for a few minutes while she popped into her home.

When she returned, the friend's grandfather told her: "Someone's taken Chloe."

She said she ran around the area looking for Chloe and then saw her daughter lying next to some bins.

Within seconds, Isabelle was screaming in horror as a man - who was described as bald and wearing sunglasses - suddenly grabbed the girl, shoved her in a red car and drove off.

"I saw her lying on the ground," Isabelle told the paper.

"And then a man I only saw from behind grabbed her and took her in the car.

"It happened too fast … I was paralysed.

"I shouted: 'Chloe's been taken'. I was in a panic.

"What I don't understand is if he had done something to her beforehand, because she did not cry out."

Officers were called at 3.30pm on Wednesday and by around 5pm, Chloe's lifeless body had been discovered.

Police found a red vehicle with Polish number plates nearby, and its driver - who was reported to be heavily under the influence of alcohol - was arrested.

Isabelle said she was "disgusted" that he had managed to get back into the country after being handed to Polish authorities last year after a Europe-wide arrest warrant was issued.

She said she "had not stopped crying" and is dreading having to explain to Chloe's younger brother and sister what had happened.

"I don't know how I'll recover," she said.

"Since this morning I've started to realise that I'll never see Chloe again."

One woman who was close to the playground told reporters she heard Chloe and her friend scream but only found out later that she had been abducted.

Later, while searching the area in the hope of helping police, she found a "little white shoe".

Tributes to the youngster described her as "cheerful" and "full of life".

One shocked mother told the AFP news agency: "It's horrific.

"My son knew her, he didn't sleep last night, he knows he will never see her again. I can't even imagine what the parents are going through."

France has been left in shock by the details of the girl's kidnapping and death, with flags flying at half-mast in the port town on Thursday and residents planning a march in her memory later in the day.


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Yemen: Saudi Strikes Leave Behind 'Sea Of Pain'

Yemen: Saudi Strikes Leave Behind 'Sea Of Pain'

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More than 600 people have been killed in Yemen in the past three weeks as a result of airstrikes and ground fighting, over half of them civilians including 74 children, according to the United Nations.

Our cameraman, Abd Rabu Al Hushaishi, travelled to the village of Yarim, 150km south of Yemen's capital Sana'a, to see Mohamed Al Ammari.

Mohamed, 32, lost seven members of his family when an airstrike hit a fuel truck next to his house. 

In just a few minutes his daughter, two brothers and their children died. The pain of watching them burn to death was too much for him to describe.

Now what was once his home is filled with charred belongings and the blood stains of his relatives on the walls and carpet.

"The Saudi plane hit it (the fuel truck) with a missile,  which led to these homes being burned as well as the people who were sleeping in their beds.  It was 2.30am," Mohamed told Sky News.

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  1. Gallery: Key Facts On This Middle Eastern Nation Struggling To Overcome Internal Conflict

    Sana'a is the capital of Yemen although it has temporarily changed to Aden due to Houthi rebels taking over the city in January

Yemen's population was just under six million in 1960 but it has now grown to more than 25 million

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Yemenis have an average life expectancy of 62 years, compared to 81 years in the UK

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99% of Yemenis are Muslim, although significant tensions exist between the 56% Sunni and 46% Shia sects

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The Republic of Yemen was born in 1990 when the North and South reunified under President Saleh, who was forced to give up control in 2011 to President Hadi after protests called for political reform

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Yemen: Saudi Strikes Leave Behind 'Sea Of Pain'

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More than 600 people have been killed in Yemen in the past three weeks as a result of airstrikes and ground fighting, over half of them civilians including 74 children, according to the United Nations.

Our cameraman, Abd Rabu Al Hushaishi, travelled to the village of Yarim, 150km south of Yemen's capital Sana'a, to see Mohamed Al Ammari.

Mohamed, 32, lost seven members of his family when an airstrike hit a fuel truck next to his house. 

In just a few minutes his daughter, two brothers and their children died. The pain of watching them burn to death was too much for him to describe.

Now what was once his home is filled with charred belongings and the blood stains of his relatives on the walls and carpet.

"The Saudi plane hit it (the fuel truck) with a missile,  which led to these homes being burned as well as the people who were sleeping in their beds.  It was 2.30am," Mohamed told Sky News.

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  1. Gallery: Key Facts On This Middle Eastern Nation Struggling To Overcome Internal Conflict

    Sana'a is the capital of Yemen although it has temporarily changed to Aden due to Houthi rebels taking over the city in January

Yemen's population was just under six million in 1960 but it has now grown to more than 25 million

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Yemenis have an average life expectancy of 62 years, compared to 81 years in the UK

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99% of Yemenis are Muslim, although significant tensions exist between the 56% Sunni and 46% Shia sects

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The Republic of Yemen was born in 1990 when the North and South reunified under President Saleh, who was forced to give up control in 2011 to President Hadi after protests called for political reform

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Islamic State Threatening Iraqi City Of Ramadi

Written By nana jamaika on Kamis, 16 April 2015 | 10.52

Islamic State has captured three villages near the Iraqi provincial capital of Ramadi and is feared to be closing in on the city.

The militant group took the villages of Sjariyah, Albu-Ghanim and Soufiya, in Anbar province, which had been under government control, residents said.

It represents a setback for government forces, which two weeks ago were able to regain control of Tikrit.

Residents of the villages told the AP news agency fighting was taking place on the eastern edges of Ramadi, about 2km away from a local government building.

In Soufiya, the militants bombed a police station and took over a power plant.

The residents said Iraqi troops battling the militants were being backed up by airstrikes.

At around midday on Wednesday, militants opened another front with government troops at three other villages, to the northeast of Ramadi.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi is currently in Washington, where he has met President Barack Obama and appealed for greater support from the US-led coalition carrying out airstrikes against the militants.

At least 43 people have been killed in a spate of militant attacks in the last few days.

Iraqi state TV said troops have started a large-scale operation to recapture areas beyond Tikrit.

Islamic State swept through key areas in the north and west of Iraq last year seizing about a third of the country including Mosul.

The group has also previously captured large areas in neighbouring Syria and threatened the Kurdish city of Irbil.

After its forces were ejected from Tikrit, Iraqi forensic teams exhumed the remains of up to 1,700 soldiers killed as militants overran the city.


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Protester Attacks Draghi At News Conference

Protester Attacks Draghi At News Conference

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The president of the European Central Bank has been interrupted at a news conference by a protester shouting "end ECB dictatorship".

Mario Draghi was outlining the bank's latest monetary policy thinking when a lone woman jumped onto the desk above Mr Draghi and showered him with items including what looked like confetti and sheets of paper.

The bank suspended the video feed of the news conference as security officials grabbed her but she flashed a V for victory sign and smiled as two men in grey suits took her away holding her arms and legs.

Mr Draghi, who had held up his hands as protection, looked shocked but was apparently unhurt and continued his presentation shortly afterwards.

The Reuters news agency reported that activist group Femen was claiming responsibility for the incident on Twitter - although some sources suggested the protester was believed to have left the feminist movement.

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  1. Gallery: Protester Disrupts ECB Conference

    A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt, Continue through for more images

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Protester Attacks Draghi At News Conference

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The president of the European Central Bank has been interrupted at a news conference by a protester shouting "end ECB dictatorship".

Mario Draghi was outlining the bank's latest monetary policy thinking when a lone woman jumped onto the desk above Mr Draghi and showered him with items including what looked like confetti and sheets of paper.

The bank suspended the video feed of the news conference as security officials grabbed her but she flashed a V for victory sign and smiled as two men in grey suits took her away holding her arms and legs.

Mr Draghi, who had held up his hands as protection, looked shocked but was apparently unhurt and continued his presentation shortly afterwards.

The Reuters news agency reported that activist group Femen was claiming responsibility for the incident on Twitter - although some sources suggested the protester was believed to have left the feminist movement.

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    A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt, Continue through for more images

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White House To Take Cuba Off Terrorism List

Written By nana jamaika on Rabu, 15 April 2015 | 10.52

White House To Take Cuba Off Terrorism List

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By Sky News US Team

US President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House says, as relations between the two countries continue to thaw.

He notified Congress of the long-awaited decision a week after meeting his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas.

The handshake in Panama was the first such formal interaction between the leaders of the former Cold War adversaries in more than a half a century.

Cuba's removal from the list will take effect within 45 days unless US lawmakers raise a joint resolution against the measure, which is deemed unlikely.

While the move will ease some economic sanctions on the communist-run island, the broader US embargo on Cuba will stay in place as only Congress can end that.

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  1. Gallery: A History Of US-Cuba Relations In Pictures

    1 January 1959: Fidel Castro's rebels - under the command of Che Guevara (R) - sweep into Havana. Dictator Fulgencio Batista, who had strong relations with the American mafia and large US corporations, flees Cuba. The US soon recognises the new government

June-October 1960: Castro announces the nationalisation of nearly all US businesses - and American-owned oil refineries, after they refuse to process Soviet oil

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October 1960: Washington, under President Dwight Eisenhower, bans exports to Cuba, other than food and medicine. The US embargo begins

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3 January 1961: The US ends relations with Cuba and closes its embassy in Havana

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16 April 1961: Fidel Castro, pictured here with Che Guevara (R), declares Cuba a socialist state

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White House To Take Cuba Off Terrorism List

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By Sky News US Team

US President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House says, as relations between the two countries continue to thaw.

He notified Congress of the long-awaited decision a week after meeting his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas.

The handshake in Panama was the first such formal interaction between the leaders of the former Cold War adversaries in more than a half a century.

Cuba's removal from the list will take effect within 45 days unless US lawmakers raise a joint resolution against the measure, which is deemed unlikely.

While the move will ease some economic sanctions on the communist-run island, the broader US embargo on Cuba will stay in place as only Congress can end that.

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  1. Gallery: A History Of US-Cuba Relations In Pictures

    1 January 1959: Fidel Castro's rebels - under the command of Che Guevara (R) - sweep into Havana. Dictator Fulgencio Batista, who had strong relations with the American mafia and large US corporations, flees Cuba. The US soon recognises the new government

June-October 1960: Castro announces the nationalisation of nearly all US businesses - and American-owned oil refineries, after they refuse to process Soviet oil

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October 1960: Washington, under President Dwight Eisenhower, bans exports to Cuba, other than food and medicine. The US embargo begins

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3 January 1961: The US ends relations with Cuba and closes its embassy in Havana

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16 April 1961: Fidel Castro, pictured here with Che Guevara (R), declares Cuba a socialist state

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Hundreds Of Migrants Feared Drowned Off Libya

Some 400 illegal migrants may have drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya on Sunday, according to survivors who were rescued and brought to Italy.

Those rescued claimed the vessel was carrying between 500 and 550 people trying to make their way to Europe when it sank.

Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration, said between 144 and 150 survivors arrived on Tuesday at Reggio Calabria in southern Italy after being picked up by the Italian coastguard.

"We are continuing to investigate in order to understand how the shipwreck happened," he said.

There has been a suggestion the boat may have capsized after passengers began moving around when they saw the Italian rescue team approach.

The Italian coastguard says it has recovered nine bodies.

"There were 400 victims in this shipwreck, which occurred 24 hours after (their vessel) left the Libyan coast," the charity Save the Children said in a statement, citing survivors.

"There were several young males, probably minors, among the victims," the statement continued, adding there were also children among the survivors.

Speaking to Sky News, Save the Children spokeswoman Carlotta Bellini said: "The situation in Libya is really bad.

"Many migrants, including many children, have been victims of violence and many of them have reached Italy over the past few days.

"They have mentioned that extremism and violence on migrants is growing (in Italy).

"They are being transferred to a migrant centre in northern Italy."

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  1. Gallery: Stranded Migrants Leave 'Ghost Ship' In Italy

    Migrants smile after disembarking from the ship

The Ezadeen cargo ship was stopped by Italian authorities after smugglers sent it speeding toward the coast in rough seas with nobody at the helm

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Deputy Charged Over 'Taser Mix-Up' Killing

Written By nana jamaika on Selasa, 14 April 2015 | 10.52

By Sky News US Team

A 73-year-old reserve deputy has been charged with manslaughter for shooting dead a man in an alleged mix-up with his Taser.

Robert Bates shot 44-year-old Eric Harris on 2 April while assisting officers in a pursuit of the convicted felon.

Police said Bates thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fired at Harris while officers attempted to restrain him.

Prosecutors in Oklahoma filed second-degree manslaughter charges against the reserve deputy.

The charge involves "culpable negligence", Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said in a statement.

Oklahoma law defines culpable negligence as "the omission to do something which a reasonably careful person would do, or the lack of the usual ordinary care and caution in the performance of an act usually and ordinarily exercised by a person under similar circumstances and conditions," Mr Kunzweiler said.

An attorney for Bates did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

At the weekend, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office released footage of the incident that was captured by an officer's body camera.

In it, Harris can be seen attempting to flee police before he is tackled to the pavement. 

As officers attempt to hold him down, a gunshot is heard, followed by a man purported to be Bates saying, "Oh, I shot him. I'm sorry."

The sheriff's office said Bates dropped the weapon as he fired because he was not expecting it to recoil.

The body cam footage showed someone picking the handgun up off the ground seconds after the shot was fired.

Harris, who was wanted by police for allegedly trying to sell illegal guns to undercover officers, later died in hospital.

The shooting drew comparisons to other police-involved shootings that have sparked national debate of police tactics.

A former police officer in South Carolina is charged with murder for shooting dead a man as he attempted to flee arrest.


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Robot Reveals Inside Of Wrecked Nuclear Plant

Robot Reveals Inside Of Wrecked Nuclear Plant

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A specially-designed robot has become stranded after capturing the first grainy images from inside one of the melted reactors at Japan's doomed Fukushima nuclear plant.

It withstood the deadly radioactive environment but then became stuck two-thirds of the way through its mission and had to be abandoned.

Pictures lit by a lamp on the robot showed steam wafting around the chamber and debris that looked like small rocks and metal parts.

The video also showed numerous white spots believed to be caused by gamma rays.

Despite the glitch, officials said the images were a success and showed it was possible to send in more sophisticated robots as they embark on a 40-year mission to make the plant safe.

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  1. Gallery: Archive: Timeline Of Events

    March 11. Cooling problems at the nuclear plant emerged. The government declared state of emergency

March 12. Plant owners TEPCO said pressure was rising in some of the reactors and could not be controlled

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Radiation Leak. TEPCO released pressure from No. 1 reactor. 20,000 residents in the area were evacuated

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First Explosion. Authorities prepared to distribute iodine to locals. TEPCO asked people to remain calm

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March 13. Radiation levels declared unsafe. TEPCO injected seawater into reactors 1 and 3 to cool them

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Robot Reveals Inside Of Wrecked Nuclear Plant

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A specially-designed robot has become stranded after capturing the first grainy images from inside one of the melted reactors at Japan's doomed Fukushima nuclear plant.

It withstood the deadly radioactive environment but then became stuck two-thirds of the way through its mission and had to be abandoned.

Pictures lit by a lamp on the robot showed steam wafting around the chamber and debris that looked like small rocks and metal parts.

The video also showed numerous white spots believed to be caused by gamma rays.

Despite the glitch, officials said the images were a success and showed it was possible to send in more sophisticated robots as they embark on a 40-year mission to make the plant safe.

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  1. Gallery: Archive: Timeline Of Events

    March 11. Cooling problems at the nuclear plant emerged. The government declared state of emergency

March 12. Plant owners TEPCO said pressure was rising in some of the reactors and could not be controlled

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Radiation Leak. TEPCO released pressure from No. 1 reactor. 20,000 residents in the area were evacuated

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First Explosion. Authorities prepared to distribute iodine to locals. TEPCO asked people to remain calm

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March 13. Radiation levels declared unsafe. TEPCO injected seawater into reactors 1 and 3 to cool them

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IS Blows Up Ancient City As 'Propaganda Tool'

Written By nana jamaika on Senin, 13 April 2015 | 10.52

IS Blows Up Ancient City As 'Propaganda Tool'

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Islamic State militants have continued their "cultural cleansing" of Iraq and Syria - this time blowing up the ancient city of Nimrud.

A video posted online appears to show the terror group's fighters smashing artefacts at the 3,000-year-old site near Mosul in northern Iraq.

Militants are seen with large barrels of powder in a room lined with gypsum slabs, beautifully carved with representations of Assyrian figures.

The explosion sends a huge mushroom cloud into the sky and turns yet another important part of history to dust and fragments.

Fighters hack away at statues with sledgehammers and carve them up with angle grinders, claiming God had "honoured" them by "removing and destroying everything that was held to be equal to him and worshipped without him".

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  1. Gallery: Images Of The 3,000-Year-Old Assyrian Site

    The 3,000-year-old site on the banks of the Tigris river was once the capital of the world's most powerful empire, the Assyrians. European archeologists first excavated the site in the 1840s

Statues, sections of palaces and gold items were unearthed at the site. Some of its best-known monuments include these winged bulls with human faces, known as lamassus

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Many of its artefacts were on display in the Baghdad Museum, but disappeared during the Gulf War in the 1990s. It was presumed they had been looted

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However, after the 2003 Iraq invasion by allied forces, the items were found safe. They had been locked away in a secret vault in the city, submerged in sewage water

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The collection includes hundreds of gold and gem-studded jewellery items

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IS Blows Up Ancient City As 'Propaganda Tool'

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Islamic State militants have continued their "cultural cleansing" of Iraq and Syria - this time blowing up the ancient city of Nimrud.

A video posted online appears to show the terror group's fighters smashing artefacts at the 3,000-year-old site near Mosul in northern Iraq.

Militants are seen with large barrels of powder in a room lined with gypsum slabs, beautifully carved with representations of Assyrian figures.

The explosion sends a huge mushroom cloud into the sky and turns yet another important part of history to dust and fragments.

Fighters hack away at statues with sledgehammers and carve them up with angle grinders, claiming God had "honoured" them by "removing and destroying everything that was held to be equal to him and worshipped without him".

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  1. Gallery: Images Of The 3,000-Year-Old Assyrian Site

    The 3,000-year-old site on the banks of the Tigris river was once the capital of the world's most powerful empire, the Assyrians. European archeologists first excavated the site in the 1840s

Statues, sections of palaces and gold items were unearthed at the site. Some of its best-known monuments include these winged bulls with human faces, known as lamassus

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Many of its artefacts were on display in the Baghdad Museum, but disappeared during the Gulf War in the 1990s. It was presumed they had been looted

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However, after the 2003 Iraq invasion by allied forces, the items were found safe. They had been locked away in a secret vault in the city, submerged in sewage water

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The collection includes hundreds of gold and gem-studded jewellery items

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Islamic State's Trail Of Historical Oblivion

The ancient city of Nimrud is just the latest piece of history to be wiped from the map as Islamic State fighters continue their trail of destruction through Syria and Iraq.

The Sunni extremist group has released a video appearing to show black-clad militants smashing up artefacts before razing the 3,000-year-old Assyrian site in a mushroom cloud of dust and destroyed treasures.

Their mission is made clear with one fighter saying: "God has honoured us to remove all of these idols and statues."

IS, which holds a third of Iraq and Syria, has been destroying Christian, Jewish and Islamic shrines in its self-declared caliphate because it says they promote idolatry and violate its interpretation of Islamic law.

But with these acts of cultural cleansing, apparently in the name of religion, IS is accused of hypocrisy with authorities claiming its fighters are looting archaeological sites to fund their atrocities.

:: Nimrud

Many relics from Nimrud, which was founded in the 13th century BC and was one of Iraq's most famous archaeological sites, are in foreign museums.

But a number of giant statues, depicting winged beasts with human heads, and stones friezes have now seemingly been turned into fragments by IS explosives.

The militants are believed to hold around 15% of the 12,000 registered archaeological sites in Iraq - a country dubbed the "cradle of civilisation" for its ancient historical importance.

And historians fear none of them are safe, and similar destruction may be taking place in IS-controlled areas of neighbouring Syria.

:: Hatra

A week ago, IS released another video apparently showing the bulldozing of 2,000-year old Hatra, some 70 miles southwest of Mosul, in northern Iraq.

Hatra like Nimrud, 20 miles away, is a UNESCO world heritage site, and their destruction was condemned as a "war crime" by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

The footage shows jihadists apparently destroying artefacts with sledgehammers and rifles at the fortress city, dating back to the Seleucid empire, which controlled a large part of the world conquered by Alexander the Great.

:: Khorsabad

Last month, IS reportedly pillaged the ancient archaeological site of Khorsabad, some 10 miles northeast of Mosul.

Khorsabad was built as a new capital of Assyria by King Sargon II shortly after he came to power in 721 BC and abandoned after his death in 705 BC.

With an 80ft-thick wall and seven gates, it was renowned for shedding light on Assyrian art and architecture.

:: Mosul

In February, IS released a video of fighters smashing statues in Mosul's city museum.

It also shows a man in black drilling through a winged bull, an Assyrian protective deity dating back to the 7th century BC, at a nearby archaeological site.

A caption says the artefacts did not exist in the time of the Prophet Mohammed, and were put on display by "devil worshippers" - a term used by IS to describe the Yazidi minority in Iraq.

The same month, IS reportedly destroyed more Iraqi history by torching thousands of books and rare manuscripts in the Mosul Library.

UNESCO said burning the tomes, which included 18th-century manuscripts and Ottoman-era books, could be "one of the most devastating acts of destruction of library collections in human history".

Officials fear more than 112,000 manuscripts and books, some of which were registered on a UNESCO rarities list, may have been lost.

In July last year, IS apparently razed a Muslim shrine in Mosul, said to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, who in the Bible and Koran is swallowed by a whale.

Residents said militants ordered everyone out of the Mosque of the Prophet Younis, or Jonah, then blew it up.


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