Islamic State militants who destroyed priceless antiquities from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have kept some artifacts to sell, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday, vowing to prevent the radical Islamists from smuggling them to market. Responding to a video showing Islamic State fighters taking sledgehammers and power drills to sculptures and statues which date back nearly 3,000 years, Abadi also appealed for international support to thwart the "terrorist barbarians". "We have information that Islamic State destroyed some (artifacts) and kept others for smuggling, and the smuggling operation is afoot," he told a news conference. All the items were marked and recorded, he said, and Iraq would seek to track them down with international help.
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