An Iraqi woman walks in front of Assyrian mural sculptures on exhibit in Baghdad in this 2003 photo. One of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century, the Nimrud treasures -- excavated in the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud near present day Mosul-- date back to 900 B.C. and consist of gold artifacts and precious gems. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Radu Sigheti
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(REUTERS) Archaeologists compare the assault on Nimrud to the Taliban's destruction of Afghanistan's Bamiyan Buddha statues in 2001. But the damage being wreaked by the Islamic State to ancient monuments and places of worship is even more relentless and wide-ranging.