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Islamic State's smashing of artifacts latest act of cultural hatred
Islamic State's smashing of artifacts latest act of cultural hatred

When Islamic State extremists took sledgehammers to what may have been centuries-old treasures in the Iraqi city of Mosul, they were indulging in a long and ruinous tradition of intolerance that has destroyed priceless artifacts around the planet. From the Taliban's 2001 dynamiting of 6th century Buddha figures sculpted into a mountainside in Bamian, Afghanistan, to the Ansar Dine militants' smashing of UNESCO-designated cultural milestones three years ago in Timbuktu in northern Mali, fundamentalist Islamic radicals have made it their mission to destroy what they see as idolized false gods. Fundamentalist Salafist Muslims have also attacked Sufi heritage sites in Libya...

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