> With bulldozers, with sledge hammers, with explosions. And this is the first time that we've been able to get a look at what that damage really looks like.
We know that Islamic State, back in 2014, when they overran about a third of Iraq. They posted a video showing their fighters destroying some of these ancient relics that go back over 3000 years.>>
So behind me is an ancient palace, which goes back more than 3000 years. And while it is still standing for the most part, there are parts inside that are completely destroyed. And as you can see the facade of the building has been shorn off. Further down here, is the ziggurat, something like a pyramid, that also goes back to the ancient era.
And this has been completely destroyed, bulldozed, it's not even recognizable. We had to ask a number of people, and look at maps and try to figure out where this place really was. There are officials from the Antiquities Department in Iraq who would like to come visit this site.
The military says it's secure, but unfortunately there is still some fighting. Islamic State fighters are about three kilometers away from us now. And there are still explosives lining the road and the military's worried about us going too far off the site here.