File - A file photo shows the courtyard of the royal palace at the site of Hatra. ISIS militants attacked the 2,000-year-old city with bulldozers, officials say.
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Iraq urged a U.S.-led military coalition Sunday to use air power to protect the country's antiquities from ISIS fighters looting and destroying some of the world's greatest archaeological treasures.A government minister said the coalition, which has carried out 2,800 airstrikes against ISIS military positions in Iraq and Syria since August, was not doing enough to save Iraq's priceless heritage.The ISIS militants attacked the 2,000-year-old city of Hatra in northern Iraq Saturday with bulldozers, officials say, days after assaulting the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud.The destruction has drawn global condemnation, with the United Nations describing the damage to Iraq's rich history as a war crime.Shirshab and the head of Iraq's state body for antiquities and heritage said Iraqi authorities were still trying to assess the full extent of the damage in Hatra and Ninevah.
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