Examining the ruins of the Nabi Yunus mosque in Mosul

After Iraqi Security Forces’ liberation of eastern Mosul from ISIS control, the destruction of some of the city’s most iconic sites becomes apparent. The Nabi Yunus Mosque, which some believe is home to the tomb of Prophet Yunus (Jonah), was destroyed by ISIS in a campaign to demolish religious shrines and places of worship around the city.

Isam Hasan, the head of the committee to rebuild the Nabi Yunus Mosque, said that the destruction of the mosque is felt throughout the community. “The mosque has a special place in the hearts of Mosul’s residents who considered its destruction a big loss. The feeling is indescribable, they are not Muslims. They blew up the mosque and moved to another place.”

ISIS has committed crimes against historical sites throughout Mosul and beyond. Terrorist militants of the group flattened the Grand Library of Mosul, which housed rare books and manuscripts, in addition to the Museum of Mosul and historical landmarks in the city of Nimrud.

In Syria, the group has decimated ancient historical ruins in Palmyra, including the Temple of Bel-Shamin, the Temple of Bel, and the Monumental Arch of Palmyra. In 2015, ISIS murdered the Syrian archeologist Khaled Al-Assad for refusing to disclose the locations of valuable artefacts.