The Mosque of the Prophet Younis (Jonah) was built on an archaeological site dating back to the eighth century BC and is said to be the burial place of the prophet, who in stories from both the Bible and Qur’an is swallowed by a whale.
It was renovated in the 1990s under Iraq’s late dictator Saddam Hussein and, until the recent blitz by Isis that engulfed Mosul, remained a popular destination for religious pilgrims from around the world.
Islamic State (ISIS) militants BLEW IT UP, because they decided it had become a place for apostasy, not prayer. They also blew up another place of worship nearby on Thursday, the Imam Aoun Bin al-Hassan mosque.
The ISIS militants have seized a huge chunk of territory straddling the Iraq-Syria border, and have declared a self-styled caliphate in the territory they control. They’ve been destroying Christian places of worship and targeting Christians and their homes and businesses. They are also cutting off water to Christians and Kurds in regions they do not control.
This is the first I’ve heard of them going after Muslims who aren’t Muslim enough to suit them. During a fundraiser this week, President Obama described the situation in Iraq as “the failure in Iraq for Sunni and Shia and Kurd to compromise.”
Words fail me.