Iraq says IS demolishes ruins to cover up looting operations

FILE - In this file photo taken on Sunday, March 15, 2015 People observe ancient artifacts at the Iraqi National Museum after its reopening in the wake of the recent destruction of Assyrian archaeological sites by the Islamic State group in Mosul, as they visit the museum in Baghdad. The videos of Islamic State militants destroying the ancient artifacts in Iraq’s museums and blowing up temples and palaces are chilling enough, but one of Iraq’s top antiquities officials said it is all a cover for an even more sinister activity _ the wholesale looting and selling of the country’s cultural heritage. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)BAGHDAD (AP) — The videos of Islamic State militants destroying ancient artifacts in Iraq's museums and blowing up 3,000-year-old temples are chilling enough, but one of Iraq's top antiquities officials is now saying the destruction is a cover for an even more sinister activity — the systematic looting of Iraq's cultural heritage.


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