The Islamic State group has released a video showing the destruction of statues in Iraq.
The video shows statues being smashed using sledgehammers in what looks like a museum in the city of Mosul.
The video, which was released on Islamic State social media sites, shows mean dressed in all black pushing over statues and smashing them using sledgehammers and then using drills to further destroy the rubble.
Specialists say the artefacts are unique and priceless. One of the statues destroyed is a winged bull that dates back to the 9th century BC.
Statues were also shown being destroyed at an archaeological site known as the Nergal Gate.
One of the militants in the video describes the artefacts as “false idols” meaning they should not be worshipped or admired and justifies the destruction in religious terms.
The destruction of the statues follows recent reports that the Islamic State group burnt down Mosul Library, which housed over 8,000 ancient manuscripts.