There is no evidence (yet) that the Islamic State has destroyed the Yezidi Shrine of Sheikh Adi ibn Musafir (Şêx Adî) in Lalish

Rumours are spreading that the Islamic State has destroyed the Shrine of Sheikh Adi ibn Musafir (Şêx Adî) at Lalish. ‘ISIS militants blow up the holiest Yezidi shrine (the tomb of Sheikh Adi in Lalish, northern Iraq/Kurdistan).’ Bizarrely, at least some of them are doing so using a video explicitly titled ‘Islamic State al Khilafah destroyed the temple (tomb) of the Yezidis in Sinjar, Iraq.’

Exasperatingly, that tomb – the Shrine of Sayeda Zeinab – was [may have been] destroyed on the 3rd of August, but the tomb-mosque in that video was the Shrine of Mashhad al-Imam ‘Awn al-Din (also known as the Shrine of Imam Awn al-Din ibn al-Hasan ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib or Imam Aldoaash Awn al-Din ibn al-Hasan ibn Ali ibn Abi Talib), which was in Mosul, and which was destroyed on the 25th of July. But make no mistake, the Yezidis are at risk of genocide.

Notes

The Islamic State has also been known as Da’ash, Da’esh, Da’ish, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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