The militants first ordered everyone out of the Mosque of the Prophet Younis, or Jonah, then blew it up, the residents said, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear for their own safety. Several nearby houses were also damaged by the blast, they said.
The mosque was built on an archaeological site dating back to 8th century BC and is said to be the burial place of the prophet, who in stories from both the Bible and Quran is swallowed by a whale. It was renovated in the 1990′s under Iraq’s late dictator Saddam Hussein and until the June militant blitz, remained a popular destination for religious pilgrims from around the world.
Meanwhile, Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country’s new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people, underscoring the overwhelming challenges facing the divided nation. (Continue Reading.)
Friday, July 25, 2014
ISIS Destroys Jonah's Tomb in Mosul
While the world condemns Israel for trying to avoid being obliterated by jihadists, we see yet again what happens when jihadists conquer an area. ISIS just obliterated the ancient tomb of Jonah in Mosul, Iraq.