White House: destruction of Nimrud 'incomprehensible'

A picture taken on July 17, 2001 shows Iraqi workers cleaning an archeological site in Nimrud (AFP Photo/Karim Sahib)

Washington (AFP) - The White House expressed outrage Friday at the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by the Islamic State jihadist group in northern Iraq.

The National Security Council tweeted: "Deeply saddened by incomprehensible destruction of historical, cultural and religious artifacts in Iraq, including recent attacks in Nimrud."

Iraqi antiquities officials said IS militants had moved trucks last week to the site overlooking the Tigris River, 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of their main hub of Mosul.

The United Nations has termed the demolition a war crime.

Nimrud was founded in the 13th century BC and was considered the jewel of the Assyrian era.