Teen hits back at ISIS by sculpting Nimrud's ruined artifacts

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When footage emerged of ISIS destroying the ancient city of Nimrud outside Mosul, the world stood powerless in the face of a group of militants using sledgehammers and electric drills to obliterate centuries-old archaeological gems.

But 17-year-old Nenous Thabit rolled up his sleeves and began work on replicating the sculptures, "They waged a war on art and culture, so I decided to fight them with art," he told CNN.

In a modest apartment in the Kurdish city of Irbil, where Thabit and his family took refuge after fleeing Mosul, the young artist meticulously carved with his sculpting cutter the beard of Lamassu, an Assyrian deity.

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