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May 2015

Militant terror organisation Islamic State has released images showing militants destroying churches in northern Iraq with sledgehammers.

In addition to raiding the Iraqi museums and smashing priceless antiquities, photos show the fighters removing crosses and bells from the tops of churches and replacing them with the insurgency group’s emblematic black jihadist flag.

One photo allegedly shows fighters removing the wrought-iron crosses from the front gates of a church. Back in September 2013, IS similarly broke off the crosses from two churches in Raqqa, in northern Syria, and lifted the Islamic flag in their place.

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