Sunni Popular Mobilisation Unit raided Islamic State in Iraq, found Babylonian-era antiquities

Haidar Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) shared photos of ancient ‘artefacts found by #Iraq’s Hashd (PMUs) in a Da’ish HQ near Al-‘Alam (northeast of Tikrit)’ city, Salahuddin province, which had been published by Al Sumaria TV; I was shown by @CTstudies.

[Correction: I originally identified the force first as Kurdish, then as Shia. While it includes (Shia) Kurds, while it is an (ethnically mixed) overwhelmingly Shia force, and while Iraqi News identified the responsible unit as a Shia unit, Ummaya Al Jabbara is a Sunni unit. It is named after Umayyah Naji Jabara, who was killed in combat against the Islamic State in 2014, whose father Sheikh Naji Jabara had been killed by al-Qaeda in 2007.

Thanks to ARCA‘s Lynda Albertson, for the initial query; to @WatcherOnTheDot, for pushing me to look at the Telegraph, which I had ignored because it was contradicted by Iraqi News; and to Steven Ishak Nabil, who confirmed that this unit was Sunni.]

Governor Raed al-Jubouri explained to Al Sumaria News that al-Hashd al-Shaabi or al-Hashd al-Watani [Ummaya Al Jabbara] (Popular Mobilisation Units) raided the Islamic State base and found Babylonian-era antiquities. The PMU delivered the objects to Governor Raed al-Jubouri; an unidentified responsible official(?) is holding them until they are transferred to Baghdad.

Commander Sheikh Khalid Jabara said that his unit had found nine antiquities, but Al Sumaria TV only published images of five, one of which may have been damaged in the raid(?).

The sixth and seventh pieces – strings of beads – can be seen in the background in the second and third images.

[Update (16th February 2016): When Steven Ishak Nabil (Ummaya Al Jabbara@stevoiraq) shared the news of the raid on the Islamic State by the Popular Mobilisation Unit (PMU) of Ummaya Al Jabbara, he published a photograph of all nine of the antiquities that had been recovered.]

antiquities recovered from the Islamic State in Salahuddin province, Iraq (Al Sumaria TV, 15th February 2016 a)

antiquities recovered from the Islamic State in Salahuddin province, Iraq (Al Sumaria TV, 15th February 2016 a)

antiquities recovered from the Islamic State in Salahuddin province, Iraq (Al Sumaria TV, 15th February 2016 b)

antiquities recovered from the Islamic State in Salahuddin province, Iraq (Al Sumaria TV, 15th February 2016 b)

antiquities recovered from the Islamic State in Salahuddin province, Iraq (Al Sumaria TV, 15th February 2016 c)

antiquities recovered from the Islamic State in Salahuddin province, Iraq (Al Sumaria TV, 15th February 2016 c)

antiquities recovered from the Islamic State in Salahuddin province, Iraq (Al Sumaria TV, 15th February 2016 d)

antiquities recovered from the Islamic State in Salahuddin province, Iraq (Al Sumaria TV, 15th February 2016 d)

antiquities recovered from the Islamic State in Salahuddin province, Iraq (Al Sumaria TV, 15th February 2016 e)

antiquities recovered from the Islamic State in Salahuddin province, Iraq (Al Sumaria TV, 15th February 2016 e)

'Ummaya Al jabbara forces capture during a raid a collection if  #Babylonian artifacts stolen by #isis #iraq' (c) Steven Ishak Nabil, Twitter, 15th February 2016

‘Ummaya Al jabbara forces capture during a raid a collection if #Babylonian artifacts stolen by #isis #iraq’
(c) Steven Ishak Nabil, Twitter, 15th February 2016

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