|Fragment of an Assyrian-era relief shows the image of a |
genie holding a pine cone at the ancient site of Nimrud that
was destroyed by Islamic State group militants near
Mosul, Iraq. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
At a two-day UNESCO conference, Iraqi officials are asking for money and expertise to reclaim the cultural heritage that is on the verge of complete destruction by ISIL (Iraq hopes to reclaim heritage lost to Islamic State group).
Iraqi Vice Minister of Culture Qais Hussein Rasheed says he hopes the liberation of Mosul's airport will soon reveal what has become of the vast areas across the river that IS has held for over two years. Rasheed says Iraqi forces have found in areas already liberated tunnels where extremists stashed looted artifacts with plans to sell them.