ISIS militants removing cultural figures in northern Iraq

ISIS militants removing cultural figures in northern Iraq

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ISIS terrorists drag away a statue in Mosul after taking over Iraq's second-largest city from the national government. (Source: FOX) ISIS terrorists drag away a statue in Mosul after taking over Iraq's second-largest city from the national government. (Source: FOX)

MOSUL, IRAQ (FOX) - New video from Iraq shows militants destroying some of the country's most iconic symbols of Iraqi heritage.

The footage, reportedly taken last week, shows cranes removing statues of cultural figures inside the city of Mosul.

The statues seen being loaded into the back of a truck, include a famous Arab poet as well as a 19th century Iraqi musician and composer. Before continuing on seizing towns and cities across northern Iraq, witnesses say the Sunni militants also stole more than 200 horses from the home of the governor of Mosul.

Statues of Abbasid-era Arab poet Abu Tammam, an unidentifiable figure, and Othman al-Mousuli, a famous Iraqi musician and composer and Sufi figure, were moved.

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