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Propaganda video may be a cover for Mosul Museum looting
Propaganda video may be a cover for Mosul Museum looting

Many questions were raised by the shocking recent propaganda video showing Islamic State jihadists smashing statues, both authentic antiquities and gypsum reproductions, inside Iraq’s Mosul Museum and at the ancient Ninevah archaeological site nearby. Most important is the absence of an accurate accounting of what has been lost. Also prominent among the unknowns: Exactly when did the destruction take place? Islamic State entered the city eight months before the video’s sudden release late last month. Islamic State is engaged in a media war in addition to its horrific ground combat. Knowing when the destruction happened might shed some light on the propaganda’s...

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