Iraq

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A world-famous archeologist who will speak in Cincinnati this week says learning about the past can lead to a good future.  Egyptologist Zahi Hawass says that's why it's important to keep uncovering history. 

He is among the archeologists and historians worldwide disturbed by the reports of ISIS fighters smashing antiquities at a museum in Mosul last week.

“We need to stand against all these terrorists.  The people who smash the monuments in Iraq, and in Syria, and in Libya,'' he says. "They are destroying our heritage."

Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Rob Portman said today the Obama administration must move quickly to stop ISIS, the extremist group in Syria which beheaded a second American journalist Tuesday.

In an interview with WVXU, the junior senator from Ohio the situation is much worse because the U.S. did not keep more non-combat forces on the ground when it left Iraq during President Obama's first term.

Two groups from the University of Cincinnati will be going to Iraq in November as part of a State Department sponsored program to improve education around the world.   

This is the third year for the program, which partners UC with Salahaddin University in Erbil, Kurdistan, the northern region of Iraq.