On Nov. 13, Iraqi forces recaptured the ancient city of Nimrud after a two-year-long takeover by the group that refers to itself as the Islamic State. The area is commonly referred to as the former capital of Mesopotamia, and features archaeological treasures that are up to 3,000 years old. To the dismay of both reporters and soliders, they realized the city's most famed site, a 165-foot-tall ziggurat, built by King Ashurnasirpal II, was destroyed.
They believe Islamic state militants used a bulldozer to demolish the 2,900-year-old strucure, which featured sculptures of winged bulls with human heads that "guarded" the site for the past thousand years.
Other notable sites that the Islamic State has demolished include Palmyra's Temple of Bel back in 2015, which is part of an effort to eradicate the historically cultural and religious sites in the Middle East. They also publicly executed the former chief of antiquities, the 82-year-old Khaled Mohamad al-Asaad.
Read more about the destruction at BBC.