A lamassu at Nimrud that was destroyed by Islamic State.
A lamassu at Nimrud that was destroyed by Islamic State.

IS loses another trophy city

IRAQI soldiers have recaptured Nimrud, the site of an ancient Assyrian city south of Mosul taken by Islamic State two years ago. IS has reportedly suffered heavy casualties in the defeat. The town is 1km west of the old city ruins. Troops also captured Numaniya. The old city was the capital of the Assyrian empire, which stretched from Egypt to parts of modern Iran and Turkey. The discovery of treasures in Nimrud's royal tombs in the late 1980s was one of the 20th century's most significant archeological finds.


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