ISIS’ destruction of cultural antiquities: Q&A with Eckart Frahm

Earlier this month, it was reported that members of the militant Islamic State demolished ancient cultural heritage sites in northern Iraq, including statues in the Mosul Museum, the classical site of Hatra, and the Assyrian capitals of Nineveh, Nimrud, and Khorsabad. In one video of the violence, a man can be seen destroying the human face of a massive winged bull standing at the gate of Nineveh. Representatives of the Islamic State group have claimed that the statues and reliefs of animals and humans are a forbidden form of idolatry.

YaleNews invited Eckart Frahm, professor of Assyriology, to talk about this wave of destruction of Iraq’s heritage.