2000 years ago, Romans and Germanic tribesmen clashed atop the "Harzhorn," a hill in northern Germany. Archaeologists have built copies of ancient weapons to re-enact the battle.
The takeover of Ramadi by "Islamic State" militants showed that Iraqi soldiers lacked the "will to fight," the United States defense chief has said. The retreating soldiers left behind US-supplied military gear.
Looters are destroying historic ancient sites in the Middle East, funneling profits in some cases to terror militias. Berlin is proposing new laws for those dealing in antiquities aiming to quell such looting.
While the world's focus is on Kobani, "Islamic State" fighters are continuing their campaign against minorities in Iraq. In the ancient village of Al Qosh, a group of poorly armed Christians are trying to stop them.
Images posted online show the demolition of ancient shrines and mosques in northern Iraq, apparently by Sunni jihadists. The destruction has been confirmed by residents of the cities of Mosul and Tal Afar.