U.S., U.N. denounce ISIS’ destruction of Nimrud

The White House said the bulldozing of Nimrud was ‘incomprehensible’

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The White House and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon denounced Friday the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The White House’s National Security Council tweeted: “Deeply saddened by incomprehensible destruction of historical, cultural and religious artifacts in Iraq, including recent attacks in Nimrud.”

Iraqi antiquities officials said ISIS militants had moved trucks last week to the site overlooking the Tigris River, 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of their main hub of Mosul.

The United Nations has termed the demolition a war crime.

“The deliberate destruction of our common cultural heritage constitutes a war crime and represents an attack on humanity as a whole,” the U.N. chief said in a statement.

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The destruction of Nimrud comes after ISIS rampaged through Mosul's museum with sledgehammers and torching its library last month.

Ban was due to meet the director of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO, Irina Bokova, later in the day to discuss the destruction of Nimrud.

Nimrud was founded in the 13th century BC and was considered the jewel of the Assyrian era.