Iraqi tourism minister criticizes UN over ISIS handling

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BAGHDAD — The Iraqi tourism and antiquities minister Sunday appeared to accuse the U.N. Security Council for failing to do enough to end the “atrocities” committed by ISIS in Iraq.

Adel Shirshab made his statements during a news conference in Baghdad, saying that the world should be responsible for stopping the destruction caused by the militant group. The comments were on the heels of ISIS looting and destroying a number of ancient sites in Iraq.

Shirshab wasn’t the only related official to comment on ISIS’s recent campaign of destruction. An official from the World Monuments Fund also addressed the issue.

"The activities that we see going on are basically a sort of violence towards history to erase the identity of Iraq's past, its cultural heritage.” said Jeff Allen, WMF program director. “And I'm sure there are many political agendas that fold into this activity."

Iraqi officials say that as recently as Saturday, ISIS militants had begun to demolish the ancient archaeological site of Hatra in northern Iraq.

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