Iraq Reopens Baghdad Museum

12 years after thieves made off with almost a third of the treasures inside Iraq’s national museum, officials have reopened the museum as a defiant response to Islamic state terrorists’ destruction of ancient artifacts. “We have been preparing to reopen for the past couple of months, the museum should be open to everyone,” Deputy Tourism and Antiquities Minister Qais Hussein Rashid told Agence France Presse. ISIS jihadis in Mosul have released videos of themselves destroying ancient statues with sledgehammers and jackhammers.