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Ancient City Of Nimrud Retaken From Militants, But Little Remains

Iraqi forces won back control of the ancient city of Nimrud from Islamic State militants on November 13.

During more than two years in control of the site, the militants destroyed countless artifacts, some dating back as far as 3,000 years to the Assyrian Empire.
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A soldier looks at ruins left by Islamic State militants in Nimrud shortly after Iraqi forces retook the ancient city on November 13. Nimrud is some 30 kilometers south of Mosul, which remains partly under militant control. 
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A soldier looks at ruins left by Islamic State militants in Nimrud shortly after Iraqi forces retook the ancient city on November 13. Nimrud is some 30 kilometers south of Mosul, which remains partly under militant control. 

An engraving from 1853 shows the artist's imagining of the palaces of Nimrud as they would have appeared under the Persian Empire. 
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An engraving from 1853 shows the artist's imagining of the palaces of Nimrud as they would have appeared under the Persian Empire. 

Photographs from the 1910s show Nimrud as remote and sparsely populated.
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Photographs from the 1910s show Nimrud as remote and sparsely populated.

An archaeological excavation site in Nimrud in the 1950s 
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An archaeological excavation site in Nimrud in the 1950s 

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