Archive for September 10th, 2014

10/09/2014

Correction of a false lead: there is still no evidence that the Shrine of Baba Yadgar (Tel Leben, Mosul, Iraq) has been destroyed, but the story is very different

I didn’t have the time to research this before and I certainly don’t have the time to do it now. At least my instincts seem to have been right: the source of the false evidence seems to have been Turkish news (though they may have plagiarised it from someone else); the source of the unevidenced claim was an Iraqi Kurdish politician.

I’m going to be working more than full-time on other stuff over the next two-to-four weeks, and I’m going to be offline most of that time anyway. After that, I will be working more than full-time to make some minimal progress in my writing on conflict antiquities, which I abandoned in order to fact-check these media and community reports of destruction in Iraq. So, from now on, I simply will not be able to perform such fact-checking.

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10/09/2014

There is no evidence that the Shrine of Baba Yadgar (in Iraq) has been destroyed

Simon Crook asked: ‘Any info on Baba Yadgar’s shrine (main holy site of Ahl-e Haqq sect)? This [YPG Bim] tweet doesn’t look good [though it may have been misattributed]’. The photo is real, but of a different site at a different time, and at some point someone knew that, because it was an official Islamic State photograph. Someone removed the Islamic State caption that identified it.

[Update: Do not use this. The reference to Suleymaniyah was a false lead. The Shrine of Baba Yadgar is in Tel Leben – and there is no evidence that it has been destroyed there, either.]

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