'The militants continued to "defy the will of the world and the feelings of humanity": [Iraqi officials are] calling for a UN Security Council meeting to discuss how to protect cultural heritage in Iraq'A serious lapse - and so unexpected, coming as it does only days after ISIL successfully applied to enter the Eurovision Song Contest.
However, the dispute is not thought to jeopardize their bid for the 2026 World Cup.
Our environment correspondent adds: They are falling down on the green side of policy too, deliberately setting fire to oil-wells which will do nothing for their CO2 emissions targets. In 1991 Saddam Hussein had to be rapped over the knuckles for similar failings. Greenpeace monitors are planning to inspect the sites next week, and intend to request high-level meetings with the ISIL Office of Climate Change to map an appropriate 'CO2 pathway' with them.