US condemns Islamic State demolition of Mosul mosque

By: |
Washington | Published: June 23, 2017 5:59:45 AM

The United States has branded the Islamic State group's demolition of an 800-year-old mosque in Mosul an attack on world heritage and "an edifice of a great religion.

ISIS,  Mosul mosque, Islamic State demolition, US condemns Islamic State demolition ,  Abu Bakr al-BaghdadiState Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert yesterday said the bombing of such a site “only further proves that ISIS has no respect for Iraq’s identity, culture or its religions.”(Reuters)

The United States has branded the Islamic State group’s demolition of an 800-year-old mosque in Mosul an attack on world heritage and “an edifice of a great religion.” The Al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret were levelled on Wednesday evening as US-backed Iraqi forces closed in on jihadist hold-outs in the northern city. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert yesterday said the bombing of such a site “only further proves that ISIS has no respect for Iraq’s identity, culture or its religions.”

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi once exploited the powerful symbolism of the mosque to boost his stature when he gave his first sermon as leader of the group. But his fighters apparently preferred to demolish the shrine — and attempt to blame US air strikes — rather than allow it to fall into the hands of advancing government forces. “The despicable act is a crime not only against the people of Mosul and Iraq, but the world,” Nauert said. “The world has yet again lost an important part of our shared heritage at the hands of ISIS.”

 

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Next Stories
1Let women drive and make own decisions, Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif urges new crown prince Mohammed bin Salman
2Turkey and Saudi Arabia agree on reducing tension over Qatar
3Pakistan decries drone strikes on its soil, as US considers more