Nation & World News

Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq’s Tomb Of Jonah

By Eyder Peralta on July 25th, 2014

Sunni extremists from the so-called Islamic State blew up the tomb of the Prophet Jonah in Mosul on Thursday. The site is holy to both Christians and Muslims.

NPR’s Leila Fadel reports that video of the explosion quickly spread online, and residents of the city and across Iraq were angered by the destruction.

The AFP has this account of what happened:

” ‘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.

” ‘They first stopped people from praying in it, they fixed explosive charges around and inside it and then blew it up in front of a large gathering of people,’ said a witness who did not wish to give his name.”

One man, who took a video of the explosion from afar, can be heard saying “No, no, no. Prophet Jonah is gone. God, these scoundrels.”

Leila tells us that the destruction is also drawing criticism from the Islamic State’s Sunni allies.

“It may cause a deep rift in the uneasy alliances the Sunni extremist group has made with other Sunni fighting groups marginalized,” Leila reports.

Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross talked to Letta Tayler, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, who has traveled to Iraq to document the Islamic State’s human rights abuses. As you’ll hear, the Islamic State — which was formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — has destroyed other holy sites, but they have also expelled and killed Shiites and other religious minorities.

The Washington Post talked to Sam Hardy, a professor at the American University of Rome who writes the blog Conflict Antiquities. They asked him why the Islamic State is doing this.

“It indicates they are going for total eradication not just of their enemies but even of the possibility of people living together under their rule,” he told the paper.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Dante Martin waits for jury selection on Monday, Oct. 27, as he stood trial in Orange County, Fla.

Former Band Member Found Guilty In FAMU Hazing Case

A Florida jury found Dante Martin guilty of manslaughter for his role in the fatal hazing of drum major Robert Champion.


The commercial space ship, pictured here in an earlier test flight, crashed in the California Desert.

1 Dead After Commercial Spaceship Crashes During Test Flight

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was undergoing a test flight when it crashed in the California desert. The spaceship is designed to take tourists to space.


Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Women's Elite division of the 118th Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014.

With Reports Of Doping, World Marathon Majors Postpones Awards Ceremony

Rita Jeptoo, the accomplished marathoner who holds the course record at Boston, has reportedly tested positive for a banned substance. The Majors said it’s awaiting a decision by the governing body.


Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, take delivery of a pizza at their home in Fort Kent, Maine, on Thursday. A judge has ruled that the state cannot compel Hickox to remain in isolation if she's not showing signs of Ebola infection.

Maine Judge Rejects State’s Bid To Restrict Nurse’s Movements

The request by state officials would have compelled Kaci Hickox, who shows no symptoms of Ebola, to isolate herself until Nov. 10.


He's not welcome in Vendargues. The French town has banned people from dressing up as clowns for the next month following violent incidents across the country.

No Joke: French Town Cracks Down On Clown Costumes After Attacks

The French town of Vendargues has banned people from dressing up as clowns for a month starting today. The move follows violent incidents across the country involving teens dressed as clowns.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments