The loss of Nimrud and other recent destruction in Iraq

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IIC, the International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, condemns the destruction of the ancient Assyrian site of Nimrud, Iraq, by Islamic State militants.

This city, founded in the 13th century BCE , is of inestimable cultural importance not only for Iraq, but for the development of civilisation as a whole. There can be no justification for calculated desecration of and damage to this irreplaceable site, or to other ancient archaeological sites here and in other parts of the world.

News in Conservation's February 2015 issue contains a number of new articles on the related conflict in Syria in particular and the effects this is having on cultural issues in these troubled areas and tells first-hand of local issues and experiences.

IIC's views are shared by, among others, UNESCO whose response can be seen here.

International news coverage of this may be found here:
- On the BBC news site
- On CBC
- On ZDF (in German)
- On the France24 news site (in French)
- On TVE - Noticias (in Spanish)