The Iraqi fortress city of Hatra is believed to date back to the Parthian empire in the 3rd or 2nd century B.C., and it later became the capital of the first Arab Kingdom. The city, known for its huge walls, flourished during the Mesopotamian era and bears the influence of both the Roman and Persian empires. Video released in March by the Islamic State showed the group using sledgehammers and even guns to destroy carvings and statues.
“Praise to God, who enabled us and the soldiers of Islamic State to remove the signs of polytheism,” one militant says in the video. The destruction in Hatra came just a few days after attempts by the Islamic State to bulldoze ruins at the Assyrian city of Nimrud, a site currently on the tentative list to become a world heritage site. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»