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    Extremist Pleads Guilty to Destroying Timbuktu Artifacts

    He’s not fighting it. Ahmad Al Mahdi entered the first-ever guilty plea in the International Criminal Court, admitting to leading a group of Islamic radicals who destroyed all but two of the city’s 16 UNESCO World Heritage site mausoleums dating back nearly seven centuries, which they considered idolatrous. The first war crime prosecution for the destruction of historical artifacts followed the militants’ takeover of much of Mali in 2012. Entering his plea, Al Mahdi warned fellow Muslims against similar acts, saying they ”are not going to lead to any good for humanity.”

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