Previously, Islamic State militants proceeded to destroy statues, artifacts and books at Mosul’s museum and ransacked the Central Library of Mosul, smashing the locks and taking around 2,000 books. A major warning signal was issued by the top cultural official at the United Nations who called the latest destruction a war crime. United Nations ask to do “whatever is needed” to stop the plundering by the Islamic State (ISIS). “It targets human lives, minorities, and is marked by the systematic destruction of humanity’s ancient heritage. They’re taking us back to the dark ages, those people,” director general of Unesco Irina Bokova said. Islamic State leaders justified the cultural destruction by asserting that statues and other artifacts violate Islamic prohibitions on idol worship. On the other side, was proved that Islamic State selling many plundered artifacts on the black market. Some of the world’s most precious cultural treasures, including ancient sites in the cradle of civilization, Ninevah, Kalhu, Dur Sharrukin and Ashur, are in areas controlled by the group.