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Extremist Group Burns Iraqi Library, Destroys Rare Manuscripts

According to a report by The Independent, ISIS militants burned “as many as 112,709 manuscripts and books, some of which were registered on a UNESCO rarities list”, then “demolished the [Mosul Library] building using explosive devices.” It is believed that Iraqi newspapers dating back to the beginning of the 20 century, maps, books and collections from the Ottoman period are among the lost documented history.

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