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ISIS destroy ancient Bashtabiya Castle in Mosul

By Rudaw 8/4/2015
Bashtabiya castle
Bashtabiya castle
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Islamic State extremists have destroyed the ancient Bashtabiya castle in Mosul city, the Iraqi Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said in a statement.

The attack on the 12th century monument is the latest move by Islamic State to desecrate historical sites in areas it occupies. The ministry described the castle as a powerful symbol of “the identity of the city.”

Although the archaeological site did not contain any statues, graves or a shrine, ISIS demolished it because the extremists believed it was against Islamic principles, according to the ministry. 

“The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities will hunt down  the perpetrators who blew up the castle and take them to international courts,” the statement 

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Kurdistan Supporter | 8/4/2015
Why????? Isn't this Islamic history? Why destroy it? It's part of the city! It's part of the Muslim conquest of this land! This makes no sense! These terrorist are lunatics!
History of Bashtabya Castle? | 9/4/2015
Why is there no history mentioned about Bashtabya Castle? There is no mention of this history anywhere online either. Does anyone know?
Sluth | 9/4/2015
This fortification was built by Muslims to defend the city. Look at the width of the walls. It is not unlike some Norman structures of the day. Could it be rebuilt one day? Yes .... Caerphilly Casle in Wales was rebuilt but the time an cost of utilising all of the original stone and contrustion techniquies would be high.
Whatever | 10/4/2015
ISIS does not build roads, hospitals, or schools. Instead they destroy ancient Assyrian, Median, Roman, and Islamic sites and artifacts (when they are not raping woman and children, or beheading prisoners).
Scott | 10/4/2015
No one cares.

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