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“No, no, no. Prophet Jonah is gone. God, these scoundrels”

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 26, 2014 | 6:01 am

Reminiscent of when the Taliban destroyed Afghanistan's giant Buddha statue, the organization formerly known as ISIS (now just the Islamic State), has destroyed the Tomb of Prophet Jonah in Mosul, Iraq. According to AFP:

 

"Islamic State completely destroyed the shrine of Nabi Yunus after telling local families to stay away and closing the roads to a distance of 500 metres from the shrine," said the official at the Sunni endowment, which manages Sunni religious affairs in Iraq.

The endowment official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, and Mosul residents told AFP it took the Sunni extremists an hour to rig the shrine with explosives.

The endowment official said the Islamic State jihadist group that overran large swathes of northern and western Iraq last month have now destroyed or damaged 30 shrines, as well as 15 husseiniyas and mosques in and around Mosul.

The video is above. Over at the Washington Post, Sam Hardy, a professor at the American University of Rome, says that no biblical holy site is off-limits for the Islamic State.

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