The practice pillaging perceived treasures from conquered territories and destroying what remains is nothing new. Throughout history, communities, religious groups, and entire cultures have been victims of barbaric destruction, mostly in the name of primitive intolerance for any number of ideologies—race, ethnicity, religion, etc. While lovers of culture may lament the loss, there's nothing particularly radical about art destroyed by bad people in the name of a cause.
In the 2010s, the Middle East lead the way in the loss of art and artifacts, most of them ancient; the number of historical sites lost because of ISIS increases each year. The collective power vacuum that came in the wake of the Arab Spring allowed swaths of land to fall under ISIS control. ISIS fighters come from all over the world, including the United States. For the purposes of this article, the group will be refered to as "Daesh," it's other name.
Daesh's isolated interpretation of religion fuels an incendiary agenda to violently rid the world of non-Islamic symbols of faith. The organization seems intent on having history erased by demagogues. This list purposely focuses on historical sites and beautiful artifacts destroyed by these individuals in lieu of the additionally loss of life that accompanies such extreme iconoclasm.
Temple Of Baalshamin - Palmyra, Syria
Temple Of Bel - Palmyra, Syria
Tomb Of Jonah - Mosul, Iraq
Buddhas Of Bamiyan - Bamyan Province, Afghanistan
Arch Of Triumph/Monumental Arch - Palmyra, Syria
Lion Of Al-lāt - Palmyra, Syra