ISIS blows up Tomb of Jonah in Iraq

( A new video shows jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) blowing up the Tomb of Jonah in Mosul, Iraq.

Several residents of Mosul confirmed to the Associated Press that the Tomb of Jonah, which is housed inside an ancient Mosque, was completely destroyed. 

In early July, a different video was circulated showing a jihadist from ISIS allegedly smashing the Tomb of Jonah. But that video was later proven to be fabricated.

Jonah, from the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Jonah, was a prophet called upon by God to proclaim judgment to the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh, near modern-day Mosul. According to the story, Jonah famously fleed God’s instructions and was swallowed by a giant whale, causing him to repent for his sins. Jonah is revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims, who refer to him as “Younis” in Arabic.

Radical Muslims consider any special veneration of tombs or relics to be against the teachings of Islam. 

Since sweeping through the region, ISIS jihadists have destroyed several important cultural artifacts in Iraq and Syria. More recently, after taking control of a Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Mosul, the group destroyed the crosses and replaced it with the black ISIS flag. 

ISIS’s reputation for brutal medieval-style Islamic justice has grown. Earlier this month, the terror group ordered all remaining Christians in Mosul to convert, flee or face death. Meanwhile, the U.N. has also reported that ISIS has ordered female genital mutilation in Mosul.

Posted on July 25, 2014 .