Mideast Iraq

ISIS blows up 14th century mosque

Militants from the Islamic State blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on Sunday, local residents stated, the latest casualty in a week that has seen a half dozen of the Iraqi city’s most holy places destroyed. Mosul residents said the Prophet Jirjis Mosque and Shrine was bombed…

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Religion in the middle of Wikipedia Edit Wars

When Andrew Willey was a student at BYU three years ago, he came across a Wikipedia page on Mormons. What he read had filled him with frustration. The article focused on polygamy, which seemed odd since Mormons outlawed the practice in 1890. “It didn’t say what Mormons believe or what made them unique,” Willey stated. “I had…

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ISIS occupies 4th Century Monastery

A day after most of Mosul’s Christians fled, Islamic fighters stormed the fourth-century Mar Behnam Monastery near the city. They forced two priests, a monk, a guard, and a few other families taking refuge there to leave the compound. Like many Christians from Mosul, which lies in the province of Nineveh, is home to many…