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7/27/2014 (8 months ago)

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Veracity of video depicting destruction of holy shrine now under scrutiny

It's horrific footage, and many pray that it was faked - but knowing of the ruthlessness of the people involved, it probably wasn't. Jonah's tomb, a holy shrine in Mosul, Iraq is depicted being blown to bits. The demolition of this shrine occurred in seconds.

Militants belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, are said to have planted explosives around the tomb and detonated the explosion remotely.

Militants belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, are said to have planted explosives around the tomb and detonated the explosion remotely.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/27/2014 (8 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Jonah's tomb, ISIS, Iraq, new president


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The site is thought to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, the Old Testament hero swallowed by a whale or fish in both the Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions.

Militants belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, are said to have planted explosives around the tomb and detonated the explosion remotely. The tomb was located inside a Sunni mosque called the Mosque of the Prophet Younis.

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ISIS is waging war against the Iraqi government. In their purge, ISIS has seized control of major cities and have driven the Christian minority from their homes and churches. ISIS seeks to create an Islamic caliphate that encompasses parts of Iraq and Syria. Sharia law has been imposed on many territories. 

The purported bombing is line with the group's intention to destroy any shrine it deems un-Islamic.

A mass exodus from Mosul came after the al Qaeda splinter group issued an ultimatum to Iraqi Christians: either convert to Islam, pay a fine or face "death by the sword."

In addition, ISIS has blown up several Sunni holy sites in the last few weeks in Mosul.

ISIS destroyed seven Shiite places of worship in the predominantly Shiite Turkmen city of Tal Afar last month. The destruction took place about 31 miles west of Mosul, according to Human Rights Watch.

The explosion at the tomb concurrently as eight people were killed and two others were wounded when Iraqi fighter jets bombed a store in the al-Dubat neighborhood, according to Dr. Mohammed Fadel, the director of Mosul's main hospital.

In the meantime, Iraqi lawmakers elected Fuad Masum to be the country's next president this week.

Masum is a veteran Kurdish politician and senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan leadership council. He has been a member of the Iraqi parliament since 2005 and the head of the Kurdish alliance bloc there for the last four years.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Masum to offer his congratulations.

"They agreed on the importance of forming a new Iraqi government as quickly as possible and working to arrive at an agreed-upon road map for governance. President Masum expressed the importance of restoring trust and confidence among all of Iraq's communities and continuing to rebuild Iraq's relations in the region," according to the White House.

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