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Islamists destroy Timbuktu's historic treasures

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A still from a video shows Islamist militants destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu on July 1, 2012. Islamist rebels in northern Mali smashed four more tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu on July 1 as the International Criminal Court warned their campaign of destruction was a war crime. The hardline Islamists who seized control of Timbuktu along with the rest of northern Mali three months ago, consider the shrines to be idolatrous and have wrecked seven tombs in two days. They began their destruction of tombs on JUne 30, 2012, after UNESCO put Timbuktu on its list of endangered world heritage sites.

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    A still from a video shows Islamist militants destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu on July 1, 2012. Islamist rebels in northern Mali smashed four more tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu on July 1 as the International Criminal Court warned their campaign of destruction was a war crime. The hardline Islamists who seized control of Timbuktu along with the rest of northern Mali three months ago, consider the shrines to be idolatrous and have wrecked seven tombs in two days. They began their destruction of tombs on June 30, 2012, after UNESCO put Timbuktu on its list of endangered world heritage sites.

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    A still from a video shows an Islamist militant celebrating and shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) after destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu on July 1, 2012. Islamist rebels in northern Mali smashed four more tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu on July 1 as the International Criminal Court warned their campaign of destruction was a war crime. The hardline Islamists who seized control of Timbuktu along with the rest of northern Mali three months ago, consider the shrines to be idolatrous and have wrecked seven tombs in two days.

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    An undated picture shows part of a mosque in the city of Timbuktu. Ansar Dine, one of the hardline Islamist groups controlling northern Mali, started on June 30, 2012 to destroy all shrines of Muslim saints in the fabled city of Timbuktu. Mali on July 1, 2012 appealed to the United Nations to take action after Mali extremists ravaged shrines in the fabled city of Timbuktu which the UN's cultural body had listed as endangered days earlier. AFP PHOTO / HO / UN PHOTO / Evan Schneider

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    Undated handout picture released on July 1, 2012 by the UN shows part of a mosque in the city of Timbuktu. Ansar Dine, one of the hardline Islamist groups controlling northern Mali, started on June 30, 2012 to destroy all shrines of Muslim saints in the fabled city of Timbuktu. Mali on July 1, 2012 appealed to the United Nations to take action after Mali extremists ravaged shrines in Timbuktu which the UN's cultural body UNESCO had listed as endangered days earlier. AFP PHOTO / HO / UN PHOTO / Evan Schneider

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    EVAN SCHNEIDER

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    A still from a video shows Islamist militants destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu on July 1, 2012. Islamist rebels in northern Mali smashed four more tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu on July 1 as the International Criminal Court warned their campaign of destruction was a war crime. The hardline Islamists who seized control of Timbuktu along with the rest of northern Mali three months ago, consider the shrines to be idolatrous and have wrecked seven tombs in two days.

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    A still from a video shows Islamist militants sitting on the ground with their weapons after destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu on July 1, 2012. Islamist rebels in northern Mali smashed four more tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu on July 1 as the International Criminal Court warned their campaign of destruction was a war crime. The hardline Islamists who seized control of Timbuktu along with the rest of northern Mali three months ago, consider the shrines to be idolatrous and have wrecked seven tombs in two days.

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    Undated handout picture released on July 1, 2012 by the UN shows a man walking past a mosque in the city of Timbuktu. Ansar Dine, one of the hardline Islamist groups controlling northern Mali, started on June 30, 2012 to destroy all shrines of Muslim saints in the fabled city of Timbuktu. Mali on July 1, 2012 appealed to the United Nations to take action after Mali extremists ravaged shrines in the fabled city of Timbuktu which the UN's cultural body had listed as endangered days earlier. AFP PHOTO / HO / UN PHOTO / Evan Schneider

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    EVAN SCHNEIDER

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    An undated picture shows vegetation and sand in the foreground with the city of Timbuktu on the horizon. Ansar Dine, one of the hardline Islamist groups controlling northern Mali, threatened on June 30, 2012 to destroy all shrines of Muslim saints in the fabled city of Timbuktu. Mali on July 1, 2012 appealed to the United Nations to take action after Mali extremists ravaged shrines in the fabled city of Timbuktu which the UN's cultural body had listed as endangered days earlier. AFP PHOTO / HO / UN PHOTO / Evan Schneider

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    Undated handout picture released on July 1, 2012 by the UN shows traditional dancers in the city of Timbuktu. Ansar Dine, one of the hardline Islamist groups controlling northern Mali, started on June 30, 2012 to destroy all shrines of Muslim saints in the fabled city of Timbuktu. Mali on July 1, 2012 appealed to the United Nations to take action after Mali extremists ravaged shrines in Timbuktu which the UN's cultural body UNESCO had listed as endangered days earlier. AFP PHOTO / HO / UN PHOTO / Evan Schneider

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    Undated handout picture released on July 1, 2012 by the UN shows ancient manuscripts displayed at the library in the city of Timbuktu. Ansar Dine, one of the hardline Islamist groups controlling northern Mali, started on June 30, 2012 to destroy all shrines of Muslim saints in the fabled city of Timbuktu. Mali on July 1, 2012 appealed to the United Nations to take action after Mali extremists ravaged shrines in Timbuktu which the UN's cultural body UNESCO had listed as endangered days earlier. AFP PHOTO / HO / UN PHOTO / Evan Schneider

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    A still from a video shows Islamist militants destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu on July 1, 2012. Islamist rebels in northern Mali smashed four more tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu on July 1 as the International Criminal Court warned their campaign of destruction was a war crime. The hardline Islamists who seized control of Timbuktu along with the rest of northern Mali three months ago, consider the shrines to be idolatrous and have wrecked seven tombs in two days.

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    A still from a video shows an Islamist militant celebrating and shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) after destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu on July 1, 2012. Islamist rebels in northern Mali smashed four more tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu on July 1 as the International Criminal Court warned their campaign of destruction was a war crime. The hardline Islamists who seized control of Timbuktu along with the rest of northern Mali three months ago, consider the shrines to be idolatrous and have wrecked seven tombs in two days.

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    STR

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    A still from a video taken on on July 1, 2012 shows the destroyed entrance of the "Cemetry of three Saints" destroyed by Islamist militants in Timbuktu. Islamist rebels in northern Mali smashed four more tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu on July 1 as the International Criminal Court warned their campaign of destruction was a war crime. The hardline Islamists who seized control of Timbuktu along with the rest of northern Mali three months ago, consider the shrines to be idolatrous and have wrecked seven tombs in two days. They began their destruction of tombs on JUne 30, 2012, after UNESCO put Timbuktu on its list of endangered world heritage sites.

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    STR

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    EXCLUSIVE IMAGES
    A still from a video shows Islamist militants destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu on July 1, 2012. Islamist rebels in northern Mali smashed four more tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu on July 1 as the International Criminal Court warned their campaign of destruction was a war crime. The hardline Islamists who seized control of Timbuktu along with the rest of northern Mali three months ago, consider the shrines to be idolatrous and have wrecked seven tombs in two days. They began their destruction of tombs on JUne 30, 2012, after UNESCO put Timbuktu on its list of endangered world heritage sites.

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    STR