Iraqi artist recreates ancient works destroyed by Islamic State

Ninos Thabet, an 18-year-old Christian who studied art at Mosul University, creates miniature replicas of statues destroyed by militants when they overran the 3,000-year-old Assyrian city of Nimrud 2-1/2 years ago, in ErbilBy Bushra Shakhshir ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – As Iraqi forces fight to retake the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State, an artist in nearby Erbil is chiseling at clay in a tiny, unheated studio to recreate historic Assyrian monuments destroyed by the group. Ninos Thabet, an 18-year-old Christian who studied art at Mosul University, is creating miniature replicas of statues the jihadists destroyed when they overran the 3,000-year-old Assyrian city of Nimrud, south of Mosul, 2-1/2 years ago. Once the capital of an empire stretching across the ancient Middle East, Nimrud is one of several historic sites that Islamic State looted and ransacked when they seized large swathes of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014.


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