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Eyes in the wartime sky: satellite-tracking Islamic State’s archaeological destruction

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Rubble of broken tombstones, damaged by Islamic State (IS) group fighters during their occupation of northern Iraq, at the Chaldean Monastery of St George (Mar Korkis) in Mosul. Credit: ZAID AL-OBEIDI / Getty

ISIS deliberately destroyed cultural heritage during its occupation of northern Iraq. Satellite and drone images revealed the damage as it unfolded.

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