There is no evidence yet that the Shrine-Mosque of al-Imam al-Bahir (Mosul, Iraq) has been destroyed (2nd September 2014)

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.

False evidence of destruction of shrine and the mosque of al-Imam al-Bahir, Mosul, Iraq (Ayn al Iraq News, 2nd September 2014)

False evidence of destruction of shrine and the mosque of al-Imam al-Bahir, Mosul, Iraq (Ayn al Iraq News, 2nd September 2014)

In fact, that frame showed a shrine in Timbuktu, Mali that was destroyed by Ansar Dine on the 1st of July 2012.

Islamists trash Timbuktu, Mali's fabled desert city (c) Global Post, 2nd July 2012

Islamists trash Timbuktu, Mali’s fabled desert city
(c) Global Post, 2nd 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.

Notes

The Islamic State has also been known as the Caliphate, 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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