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‘Ancient’ statues filmed being destroyed by depraved Islamic State militants in a Mosul museum last month were nothing more than worthless fakes, the director of an Iraqi museum has claimed.
The terrorist organisation released shocking footage at the end of February purportedly showing jihadis destroying 3,000-year-old artworks with sledgehammers in their northern Iraqi stronghold.
But now Baghdad museum director Fawzye al-Mahdi has ridiculed ISIS’ propaganda exercise, claiming the genuine priceless Assyrian and Akkadian statues and sculptures are still safely in his possession in the Iraqi capital, adding that those in Mosul were plaster cast replicas.
Sick: The terrorist organisation released shocking footage at the end of February purportedly showing jihadis destroying 3,000-year-old artworks with sledgehammers in their northern Iraqi stronghold
Speaking to German news programme Deutsche Welle, Al-Mahdi said: ‘None of the artifacts are originals… They were copies. The originals are all here.’
The museum director’s claims appear to back-up those made by experts on the Iraqi statues.
Within hours of the original ISIS propaganda video being released, analysts questioned why the statues appeared to crumble so easily.
Others stated that they couldn’t possibly be 3,000 years old as some of the are clearly held together by iron poles – a considerably more modern practice.
Mark Altaweel, an expert at the Institute of Archaeology at University College, London, told Channel 4 News at the time: ‘You can see iron bars inside… The originals don’t have iron bars.’