As Iraqi and Kurdish forces continue to make strong strides against ISIS throughout Mosul, a hundred Christian artifacts that were located in the home of a terrorist leader in the eastern part of the city were discovered this week.
Earlier this month, the east side of Mosul was liberated from the bloody hands of ISIS after much fighting.
According to news reports, rare pieces were found in the home of the extremist leader that is linked to the heritage of the ancient Assyrian Christians, a sect of Christianity that has called the Middle East home for centuries.
Reports have also concluded that these relics were stolen from the Christian religious ruins by members of ISIS and stored in one of the high ranking commander’s homes for safe keeping.
The list of items include large vases, dozens of clay pots and other small hand made pottery pieces, the Iraqi National Security Service stated.
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The array of pieces are believed to be from the Nineveh Ruins which is considered the fourth capital of the ancient Assyrians. Unfortunately the areas rich character and beauty has been lost due to ISIS related destruction, National Geographic reported last year.
The other location that is believed to be the home of these relics dug up by ISIS is Nimrud which is considered one of the important historical locations in the Middle East.
Talib al-Maa’mari, an Iraqi Parliment member stated to reporters that, “During a tour of homes in the former Christian area of Mosul, the army received a tip off from a local resident.”
So “When the special forces searched this one house, which was being used by an ISIS emir, we were surprised to find many priceless artifacts. But one in particular is very special – it was quite an incredible find.”
The specific name of this item has been withheld but Faithwire has previously reported about the dark hands and hearts of ISIS and their ban of Christianity in schools as well as poor treatment of women while they ruled the area.
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ISIS recorded all 100 pieces and possible profit they could make if they wore sold, Telegraph UK reported.