ISIS Blows Up Jonah's Tomb
Mosul shrine destroyed as new president elected
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2014 12:27 AM CDT
People walk on the rubble of the destroyed Mosque of The Prophet Younis, or Jonah, in Mosul yesterday.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Jonah, the prophet who ends up in a whale's belly, is as big a figure in the Koran as he is in the Bible, but that didn't stop ISIS militants yesterday from blowing up a shrine devoted to him in Mosul. Officials tell CNN that the shrine—one of several locations in the Middle East reputed to be Jonah's tomb—was blown up by militants who have been attacking numerous sites they deem to be un-Islamic. They ordered everybody out of the mosque before rigging the building with explosives and detonating them, witnesses say. According to some reports, the militants destroying holy sites around Mosul are also demanding that women undergo female genital mutilation.

The mosque, built on an archaeological site dating to the eighth century BC, was renovated in the 1990s and drew pilgrims from around the world until militants seized Mosul last month. The attack on the shrine came just hours after lawmakers elected veteran Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the country's new president, replacing Jalal Talabani, reports the AP. The news agency notes that the post is largely symbolic, but Massoum's election signals a growing degree of consensus among lawmakers. Earlier yesterday, 60 people were killed when gunmen ambushed a convoy carrying prisoners.

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Aug 11, 2014 12:21 PM CDT
the cult of murder for virgins has done, is doing, and will do the most perverted acts of violence and barbaric ignorance in the name of their so called religion. Killing thousands upon thousands of innocent people each and every day.....yet no one posts, no one protests, no one cares
Jul 25, 2014 8:39 PM CDT
Just like rabid dogs, they'll snap at anything, even their own kind. Only one cure for that -- a bullet.
Jul 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT
where is Saddam when you need him