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Syria: 11th-century minaret destroyed
The UK Telegraph ^ | April 24, 2013 | Richard Spencer

Posted on 04/24/2013 12:23:49 PM PDT by Hojczyk

The 11th-century minaret of the Great Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo, one of the world's oldest and most important, has been destroyed by shellfire as the Syrian war consumes the country's vast repository of historic sites.

Oppositions activists in the city said the minaret was hit by tank shells fired as part of a regime assault on the mosque, which was originally built in 715 by the Umayyad dynasty and which fell into rebel hands last week. The minaret itself dated to 1090 AD.

Video posted by the Aleppo Media Centre showed a pile of rubble in the corner of the Great Mosque's courtyard, sprouting twisted metal spikes, where the minaret once stood. The colonnades and arches of the courtyard itself lie scorched, broken, and pockmarked with bullet and shell-holes.

The collapse also appeared to happen in the middle of a battle, with rebel soldiers stationed inside the mosque in the middle of live fire. They were claimed to be from Liwa al-Tawhid, a more moderate though Sunni Islamist-aligned brigade largely drawn from the countryside around Aleppo, rather than from Jabhat al-Nusra.

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1 posted on 04/24/2013 12:23:49 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk
Obama can send them a few million to fix it up...the USA will look like that when Obama is done..Detroit!!!!!!!!!
2 posted on 04/24/2013 12:25:51 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk
What a shame.
3 posted on 04/24/2013 12:26:14 PM PDT by DonkeyBonker (Hard to paddle against the flow of sewage coming out of the White House.)
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To: Hojczyk

I feel for the destruction of one of our planets really really old buildings but as far as those guys getting shelled, good for Assad. They’d just gone out and found some Christians to kill if they hadn’t been disposed of.


4 posted on 04/24/2013 12:26:43 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Hojczyk

“...a regime assault on the mosque...”

Don’t hide anyplace you’re not willing to see destroyed.


5 posted on 04/24/2013 12:27:11 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


6 posted on 04/24/2013 12:27:20 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: Hojczyk

“Drop your bombs between the minarets...”


7 posted on 04/24/2013 12:27:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DonkeyBonker
What a shame.

+1

8 posted on 04/24/2013 12:31:00 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Hojczyk

Islam, a religion of “pieces”. Yes.

Gee, more like a Taliban or Al Qaeda attack on non-Moslem monuments such as those destroyed in Afghanistan and Timbuktu, or Palestinian destroyed Hebrew monuments in the West Bank (Samaria & Judea) area.

What goes round, comes round, this time in a tank round.


9 posted on 04/24/2013 12:31:05 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Hojczyk
A good start, a good example. Deprive these Koranimals all their monuments of conquest they use as bases.
10 posted on 04/24/2013 12:31:29 PM PDT by Spitzensparkin1 (Arrest and deport all illegal aliens. Americans demand those jobs back! Hoorah, Arizona!)
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To: DonkeyBonker

11 posted on 04/24/2013 12:31:35 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: no one in particular

Someone kindly ping me with a good reason to give half a damn.


12 posted on 04/24/2013 12:32:45 PM PDT by tomkat ( nationalis caterva fornicari in processus)
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To: muawiyah

Not everyone rebelling against Assad is a terrorist or extremist. Huge numbers of them are average citizens and he is using chemical weapons on them. I think your sentiment is vile. I have a co-worker with family in Syria who he can’t contact.


13 posted on 04/24/2013 12:33:58 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: Hojczyk

That sound you didn’t hear was me not giving a damn.


14 posted on 04/24/2013 12:34:26 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Hojczyk

The muslims probably don’t find this to be very amuezzin.


15 posted on 04/24/2013 12:35:43 PM PDT by moovova
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To: Hojczyk

Bush’s fault


16 posted on 04/24/2013 12:37:02 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Hojczyk

“appeared to happen in the middle of a battle, with rebel soldiers stationed inside the mosque in the middle of live fire”

They respected the mosque so much that they fired FROM it, ad now are upset someone shot back.


17 posted on 04/24/2013 12:38:11 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Hojczyk

At least when they are killing each other, they are not trying to kill Israelis or Americans.


18 posted on 04/24/2013 12:40:09 PM PDT by Londo Molari
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To: Hojczyk

It is a shame that an 11th century piece of history was destroyed by an 8th century people.


19 posted on 04/24/2013 12:41:21 PM PDT by Londo Molari
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To: DonkeyBonker

What can be destroyed—can be rebuilt. I would like to see it replaced by a Christian Church! These folks need to be converted.


20 posted on 04/24/2013 1:00:27 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Hojczyk

Moslems whacking Moslems and wiping out their own cultural heritage in the process sounds like a small win for civilization. It is a shame to see historic structures demolished, but the fact that it was historic to Islam sure softens the blow. Let the serpent consume itself.


21 posted on 04/24/2013 1:00:46 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: Londo Molari

Best comment of the week


22 posted on 04/24/2013 1:03:07 PM PDT by RC51
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To: TalonDJ

The “average” muslim is one Friday night exhortation away from setting off a bomb at a sporting event to kill Americans. Tell your co-worker is he’s so concerned about his family to get his muzzie ass on a plane back there.


23 posted on 04/24/2013 1:04:26 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: tomkat

it’s a start - maybe they’ll blow the whole thing up


24 posted on 04/24/2013 1:28:56 PM PDT by Psiman (PS I am not a crackpot)
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To: Spitzensparkin1

I find that my eyes are dry and I feel a pulling up of the corners of my mouth.


25 posted on 04/24/2013 1:30:50 PM PDT by WMarshal (Free citizen, never a subject or a civilian)
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To: Hojczyk

As long as mudslimes destroy only their own Shi’ite, I couldn’t care less.


26 posted on 04/24/2013 2:33:52 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TalonDJ
Every time we help one of the rebel groups they always end up hunting down Christians and killing them.

The reason they do that is that's what they do.

Whoever the groups are who don't hate Christians really need to stand up and tell us.

Assad's Alawites are traditionally considered protectors of Christians mostly because they generally aren't outright hostile to them.

This is a situation the Alawites didn't create.

Because of that your thoughts that I ought to kowtow to Juan McCain and his rampaging Sunni rebels is simply vile. You should be ashamed of yourself.

27 posted on 04/24/2013 2:38:09 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Hojczyk

A Muslim assault on a mosque. Boy, they sure hold those things in high regard.


28 posted on 04/24/2013 2:38:53 PM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: circlecity

“That sound you didn’t hear was me not giving a damn.”

We could have sold it to bought beer and bacon.


29 posted on 04/24/2013 2:39:55 PM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: tomkat

We could have sold it to bought beer and bacon.


30 posted on 04/24/2013 2:40:31 PM PDT by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: Hojczyk
Awwwwwww...

31 posted on 04/24/2013 2:42:42 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Hojczyk

Awwwwwww.....


32 posted on 04/24/2013 2:42:57 PM PDT by George Varnum (Liberty, like our Forefather's Flintlock Musket, must be kept clean, oiled, and READY!)
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To: AppyPappy; Psiman
Being a cabinet/furniture maker (or was till Ø's marxism killed the custom market), I *do* have an appreciation for the preservation of older stuff and actual antiquites *when practical*.

Having said that, I find myself not giving a flying damn - hoping, actually - if the all the goatf------s of islam destroy themselves, their vile barbarian 'culture', and any other trace of their existence.

This world would be an infinitely better place, PLUS it'd save us the cost of the weaponery needed to do it ourselves someday, should DC happen to stumble upon a collective set of testicles.

33 posted on 04/24/2013 2:59:46 PM PDT by tomkat ( nationalis caterva fornicari in processus)
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To: TalonDJ

Sadly, those not involved are often hurt the worst. Assad is a barbarian, but Alawites as a whole are hardly the worst people in the ME. They are considered infidels by most of the Sunni muslims fighting the regime. The Nusra front are backed, or made up by, Al Quaeda militants.


34 posted on 04/24/2013 5:14:08 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

With MOST of the population being against Assad it is a given that some of the fighters will have terrorist links.


35 posted on 04/25/2013 5:33:22 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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