ISIL terrorists bomb Prophet Jirjis Mosque in Mosul

ISIL terrorists bomb Prophet Jirjis Mosque in Mosul
Mon Jul 28, 2014 13:07:23

ISIL terrorists have blown up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul, local residents say, the latest casualty in a week that has seen a half dozen of the Iraqi city's most revered holy places destroyed.

Mosul residents said on Sunday that the Prophet Jirjis Mosque and Shrine was bombed and destroyed by the radical Takfiri group. They spoke anonymously to the Associated Press for fear of reprisal.

The complex was built over the Quraysh cemetery in Mosul in the late 14th century, and included a small shrine dedicated to Nabi Jerjis, the Prophet George.

The Al-Qaeda breakaway terrorist group captured large swaths of land in western and northern Iraq, including Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, which was captured in June.

The group has imposed a self-styled caliphate in territory they control in Iraq and Syria, imposing their harsh interpretation of Islamic law which derives from Wahhabism, the official "religion" in Saudi Arabia that is a highly deviant interpretation of Islam by Saudi royal clerics.

Among the mosques destroyed in Mosul last week were the Mosque of the Prophet Sheeth (Seth) and the Mosque of the Prophet Younis, or Jonah, said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, who in stories from both the Bible and Quran is swallowed by a whale.

Since the ISIL terrorists launched their blitz across Iraq, more than a million people have fled their homes, according to the United Nations. Many of those people have escaped to the semiautonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq since it has remained relatively stable since the 2003 US-led invasion of the country.


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