Iraqi militiamen, who drove Islamic State fighters from the ancient city of Hatra this week, found that IS had destroyed relics dating back more than 2,000 years.
“The sculptures and engraved images are destroyed, but the walls and towers of the kingdom of Hatra remain standing,” said Marwa Rashid, a spokeswoman for Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, a Shi’ite militia that is clearing IS from villages north of Mosul in northern Iraq.
“There are many holes and scratches on the walls of the kingdom due to IS bullets,” she said.
PMF units took full control over the historic city, about 110 kilometers southwest of Mosul, after a three-week offensive. Its recapture was a part of a regional military operation known as Muhammad Prophet of God.