Thursday, 12 February 2015

'ISIL destroys several more sites in Mosul and Tal Afar'

Christopher Jones, 'ISIS destroys several more sites in Mosul and Tal Afar' Gates of Nineveh, February 10, 2015
While there have been fewer reports of ISIS destroying sites in the past several weeks, partially due to the battlefield reverses suffered by the group in Kobani, Diyala Province, Baiji and elsewhere, a steady string of reports have come out of Mosul in the past few weeks concerning the destruction of various aspects of cultural heritage. [...]  Towards the end of January, numerous unsourced reports surfaced that ISIS had destroyed the walls of ancient Nineveh. Most of the walls are unexcavated, so the reports likely referred to a famous reconstructed section which is not built directly on top of the ancient walls.
Fortunately, the reports were false and sources on the ground indicated that there was no evidence of any damage to the walls.
The walls of the medieval citadel in Tal Afar were partly demolished in January.

Senseless Damage to Tal Afar


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