Islamic terrorists have destroyed more priceless objects of beauty and incomparable historical value, this time in Mosul.

Islamic State thugs have destroyed a collection of priceless statues and sculptures in Iraq dating back thousands of years.

Extremists used sledgehammers and power drills to smash ancient artwork as they rampaged through a museum in the northern city of Mosul.

Video footage shows a group of bearded men in the Nineveh Museum using tools to wreck 3,000-year-old statues after pushing them over.

The pieces in the video date to the Assyrian and Akkadian empires. The destruction is being decried by the international community.

“The birthplace of human civilisation … is being destroyed”, said Kino Gabriel, one of the leaders of the Syriac Military Council – a Christian militia – in a telephone interview with the Guardian from Hassakeh in north-eastern Syria. The destruction took place in Mosul, the Iraqi city that has been under the control of Isis since June when jihadi fighters advanced rapidly across the country’s north.

“In front of something like this, we are speechless,” said Gabriel. “Murder of people and destruction is not enough, so even our civilisation and the culture of our people is being destroyed.”
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The five-minute video, which was released by the “press office of the province of Nineveh [the region around Mosul]”, begins with a Qur’anic verse on idol worship. An Isis representative then speaks to the camera, condemning Assyrians and Akkadians as polytheists, justifying the destruction of the artefacts and statues.

Now, for some good news related to two Muslims who embrace a more modern concept of civilization: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan are planning to tag-team ISIS.

The two men are currently meeting in Cairo, and are making plans to garner international cooperation and form an Arab coalition.

“With regards to enhancing military and security cooperation, Egypt and Jordan agreed to form a work group from both sides to set a framework for facing regional challenges,” Egyptian Presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef said in the statement.

The visit of the Jordanian monarch to Cairo comes while a number of fellow Arab states are suffering growing political turmoil and security deterioration, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.

…”President Sisi expressed Egypt’s appreciation of the honorable positions of Jordan and its support for Egypt, particularly in its war against terrorism,” the presidential statement went on, describing the bilateral relations between the two countries as “deep.”

Hopefully, the Egyptian and Jordanian leaders can form a “coalition of the civilized” before more of our heritage and humanity is destroyed.