This is the third of five posts that are based on the efforts of the team for Monuments of Mosul in Danger. So far, there is no evidence that the al-Imam al-Bahir shrine-mosque has been destroyed.
Ayn al Iraq News reported that the shrine and the mosque of al-Imam al-Bahir had been destroyed, and presented a photo/video frame of destruction in progress.
In fact, that frame showed a shrine in Timbuktu, Mali that was destroyed by Ansar Dine on the 1st of July 2012.
(Nablus TV also reported the destruction of the shrine-mosque of Abdullah al-Baqir al-Hassani, but did not present any evidence. Frustratingly, it drew an analogy with the bulldozing of the Shrine of Sheikh Fathi in late June, but its image was of the bulldozing of yet another shrine at the same time.)
Still, I share Karel Nováček’s pessimism that there probably is a new campaign of destruction.
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