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Baghdad's National Museum of Iraq reopens in rebuke to Islamic State
Baghdad's National Museum of Iraq reopens in rebuke to Islamic State

The National Museum of Iraq, shuttered 12 years ago in the wake of the country's invasion by U.S.-led troops, has reopened in Baghdad. According to the BBC, the opening date was moved up to Saturday in direct response to a statue-smashing propaganda video released last week by the so-called Islamic State. The video shows plaster replicas being toppled from pedestals in northern Iraq's Mosul Museum and crashing to the floor, as well as actual stone antiquities being hacked with sledgehammers and drills. An on-camera narrator claims the wanton destruction is mandated by passages in the Koran that forbid worship of false idols. The video is part of an aggressive media war...

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