Simone Muehl has continued to collate sources on Endangered Heritage Sites in Iraq for fact-checking and analysis. There have been reports that the Islamic State(1) has demolished the Chaldean al-Tahera Church of the Immaculate in the al-Shifa neighbourhood of Mosul, but there is no evidence that it has been destroyed yet. The reports in Iraqi News, Kurdistani media and Al Qurtas News all use false evidence to corroborate unevidenced government claims. (Still, the Caliphate’s plan for elimination of any and all non-conformist elements is already clear.)
Iraqi News uses evidence of iconoclasm in June 2014 as evidence of elimination in July 2014
Iraqi News journalist Abdelhak Mamoun reported that the Ministry of Human Rights had announced that, on the 26th of July, ‘the terrorist elements of ISIL blew up the Virgin Mary church…, with a number of improvised explosive devices’. However, it illustrated that destruction with Ankawa‘s photo of the toppling and iconoclasm of the church’s statue of the Virgin Mary.
After the Shrine-Mosque of the Prophet Jonah/Yunus was destroyed, Iraqi News actually doubled down on its promotion of the demonstrable propaganda that the tomb had been destroyed: ‘Today, ISIL destroyed the Mosque of Biblical Jonah, Prophet Yunus after having already demolished the historic grave of the prophet Yunus (Jonah).’ Iraqi News simply cannot be trusted.
Kurdistani news uses evidence of religious-ethnic cleansing in Baghdad in 2009 as evidence of elimination in Mosul in 2014
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Media (PUK Media) repeated the same government claim, but it “corroborated” its report with a photograph of the outside of the Church of Notre Dame (or Saint Mary or the Virgin Mary) in Baghdad on the 13th of July 2009.
Al Qurtas News uses evidence of religious-ethnic cleansing in Mosul in 2009 as evidence of elimination in Mosul in 2014