Iraq’s security directorate has revealed that ISIS has destroyed about 360 historical sites in Nineveh since its occupation by the terrorist group in 2014.
According to sources speaking to Al Arabiya, around 300 historical mosques and many churches were amongst the vandalized structures.
Sources have confirmed that the most prominent areas destroyed by ISIS include the Grand Mosque, Manara Mosque in al-Hadbba, prophet Yunus’s shrine and Saint Elijah's monastery, one of Iraq’s and the city of al-Hadar’s oldest churches.
The same sources added that the goal behind ISIS’s vandalizing attacks is to cover up its smuggling activities of other antiquities.
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