Workers mop the floor at the Assyrian Hall of the Iraq National Museum Baghdad.
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The Assyrian city of Nimrud, located in an area Iraqi forces said was recaptured during the operation to retake militant-held Mosul, is one of the region's most important archaeological sites.Built in the 13th century B.C., the city on the Tigris River, 30 kilometers southeast of Mosul, once served as capital of the Assyrian Empire.But in April last year, Daesh (ISIS) released a video of its fighters destroying monuments there before planting explosives around the site and blowing it up.Many of the artifacts destroyed in the video came from Nimrud.In 1988, archaeologists at the site unearthed a collection of 613 precious stones and gold jewels.The treasure, which dates back to the Assyrian Empire's heyday around 2,800 years ago, was displayed at the National Museum in Baghdad before Iraq invaded Kuwait.
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