ISLAMIC STATE TERRORISTS DESTROYED MONUMENT ‘UMAYYAD MOSQUE ALEPPO’ :

Islamic State terrorists blew up Mosul’s iconic 800-year-old leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014 declared himself a ‘caliph.  With the destruction of the 800-year-old structure, Iraq has lost another piece of its heritage to the conflict, which may go on for longer.  The mosque, built between the 8th and 13th centuries, is reputedly home to the remains of John the Baptist’s father. It is located in Aleppo’s walled Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Heavy fighting during the Syrian civil war ruined the holy site and toppled its minaret. Archaeological expert Helga Seeden was shocked at the destruction, saying, “This is like blowing up the Taj Mahal or destroying the Acropolis in Athens. This mosque is a living sanctuary. This is a disaster. In terms of heritage, this is the worst I’ve seen in Syria.”   Rediff.com : 23rd. June,17

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