Middle East

Cultural heritage a victim of conflict

(FILES) -A picture taken on May 2, 2010 shows the Islamic center and a mosque in Timbuktu. The destruction of priceless Assyrian and other artefacts from the main museum and an archeological site in the northern city of Mosul on February 27, 2015 drew comparisons with the 2001 dynamiting of the Bamiyan buddhas in Afghanistan and other destruction of cultural heritage sites. In June 2012 Al-Qaeda-linked militants destroyed 15 of Timbuktu's mausoleums, important buildings that date back to the gol

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 28, 2015, on page 8.

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