Islamic State’s path of destruction through Syria and Iraq

The Islamic State group’s demolition of the Saint Elian Monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs is the latest in a long campaign that has destroyed or extensively damaged some of the Middle East’s most spectacular archaeological and cultural sites.

Some of the world’s most precious cultural treasures, including ancient sites in the cradle of civilisation, are in areas controlled by the group and at the mercy of extremists bent on wiping out all non-Islamic culture and history. In addition to pre-Islamic sites, the militants have also targeted churches, mosques and museums.

  • Standard Muslim operations call for the destruction of preceding cultures before Islam.

    This is just Islam being Islam.

    • Shebel

      Not much Faith in their so-called Prophet –is there?

  • WalterBannon

    If they are going to destroy all of these sites, then there really is NO reason to not just NUKE them.

  • Shebel

    If Muslims keep destroying History, then , Atheists are are going to start Believing in EVIL.

  • Hard Little Machine

    UNESCO is too busy screaming that Jews are all Jewy and shit in Israel, disturbing this or that historical Muslim pigshit pile.

  • DMB

    ISIS is just like a plague of locusts. Death and destruction is the only thing they bring. What is needed is a war between ISIS and Iran. The only sure path to victory is mutual assured destruction of both enemies.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    They always call it the cradle of civilization.
    It’s just a dust blown heap of Ozymandias stone.