Islamic State Militants Destroy Mosul Mosque

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People walk through the rubble of the Prophet Younis Mosque after it was destroyed in a bomb attack by militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in the city of Mosul, July 24, 2014.

Islamic militants destroyed the prophet Jirjis mosque in Mosul Sunday, local residents told the Associated Press. The mosque dates back to the late 14th century and was built over the Quraysh cemetery.

The mosque was one of six destroyed in the last week in Mosul, captured by Islamic State militants in June as they swept through large portions of Syria and northern Iraq. Also destroyed were mosques honoring the prophets Sheeth and Younis.

Kurdish President Massoud Barzani issued a statement condemning the destruction, saying it is "against all the principles of the heavenly religions, humanity, and it is targeting the culture and demographic of the area."

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