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ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca
Fox News ^ | 7/9/2014 | Perry Chiaramonte

Posted on 07/09/2014 7:07:15 PM PDT by markomalley

ISIS is leaving a path of destroyed churches, shrines and mosques in its wake as it storms across Syria and Iraq, and has even set its sights on Mecca -- Islam's holiest site.

The nihilistic jihadis, led by self-proclaimed descendant of Prophet Muhammad Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have already bulldozed or blown up some of the most sacred places in Iraq, and seem bent on killing and destroying anyone or anything that does not measure up to their twisted vision of Islam. Experts say the group, which originally stood for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but now simply calls itself "Islamic State," has appointed itself the leading proponent of the Muslim faith.

“They see themselves as the last defenders of Islamic civilization and want to eradicate anything that they see as the enemy of Islam, and any Muslim they perceive as compromising with the West,” Yvonne Haddad, a professor at Georgetown University who specializes in the history of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, told FoxNews.com.

“But if ISIS actually tried to destroy the Ka'ba, they would be met with extraordinary opposition.”

- Prof. Carl Ernst, University of North Carolina

Mostly comprised of Sunnis, ISIS surprised few when it vowed to destroy sites revered by the rival Shia sect. The two main blocs of Islam have been at odds for nearly 1,400 years because of a dispute over who was Prophet Muhammad's successor. The destruction of at least 10 ancient Shia shrines in Iraq has enraged the Shia government in Baghdad, as well as the Iranian regime, also Shia.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: churches; fundamentalists; iraq; isis; mecca; mosques; perrychiaramonte; rop; shrines; syria
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1 posted on 07/09/2014 7:07:15 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Forgive me for being uninformed on this issue, but why did they destroy the resting place of Jonah? Wasn’t he believed to be a prophet in Islam as well?


2 posted on 07/09/2014 7:08:44 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: Viennacon

ISIS are destroying mosques as well. Yes, Islam views Jonah as a prophet.


3 posted on 07/09/2014 7:11:03 PM PDT by VitacoreVision
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To: markomalley

“ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca”

OK this is bad why?


4 posted on 07/09/2014 7:11:27 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's t+.01hat 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: markomalley

This should be fun.


5 posted on 07/09/2014 7:12:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: VitacoreVision

I understand the Mosque demolitions, if they are Shi’ite or non-conforming Sunni mosques, but the mausoleum of Jonah I would think transcends sectarianism. It’s just a prophet’s grave.

Not trying to rationalize the actions of madmen, but I am interested in their justification.


6 posted on 07/09/2014 7:12:44 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: VitacoreVision

Oh, the poop will pelt the propeller if ISIS tries something on Mecca.


7 posted on 07/09/2014 7:13:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: markomalley

These guys seem to have a death wish or something.


8 posted on 07/09/2014 7:13:39 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Viennacon

The devil can’t control himself. After all, this is a site of importance to Christians and Jews. So who cares about Islam, smash it!


9 posted on 07/09/2014 7:14:45 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: markomalley

Same thing happened in Afghanistan then the US was attacked. Guessing the scenerio will repeat.


10 posted on 07/09/2014 7:15:28 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: markomalley

A merry band of lunatics.


11 posted on 07/09/2014 7:16:13 PM PDT by Bobalu (Israel is the most long-suffering and peace loving nation on Earth.)
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To: cripplecreek

Can we arm both sides so they are exactly equal in strength?


12 posted on 07/09/2014 7:17:40 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Viennacon

Many Islamists are extreme iconoclasts. The Saudis actually have destroyed many old historical muslim sites for this reason. These ISIS characters are even more fanatical about this and are rumbling about demolishing mecca itself. Guess they want to save the west the trouble.


13 posted on 07/09/2014 7:17:45 PM PDT by jarwulf
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To: markomalley; VitacoreVision; Viennacon

ISIS Leader: ‘Soon... A Day Will Come When the Muslim Will Walk Everywhere as a Master’
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3174932/posts

ISIS video announcing Islamic caliphate pledges to free Palestine
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3174473/posts

ISIS Caliphate Demands All Muslims Immigrate To “Islamic State”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3174783/posts

ISIS: We will ruin the Kaaba after capturing Saudi Arabia
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3174075/posts


14 posted on 07/09/2014 7:21:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: PGR88

I vote we nuke Mecca and blame ISIS.

Shake up the ant farm so to speak.


15 posted on 07/09/2014 7:22:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

This should be fun.


Better than a wild hogs running through a Mosque at prayer time.


16 posted on 07/09/2014 7:23:45 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

None the less, it is pretty much carved on stone that Mecca and Medina will be demolished at some point.


17 posted on 07/09/2014 7:27:56 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Viennacon

They are going back to the original Wahabbi ways.


18 posted on 07/09/2014 7:30:16 PM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: markomalley
They're going to attack Mecca?? As in destroy it??


19 posted on 07/09/2014 7:30:50 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: markomalley

What do The Monument Men say about this? No....seriously......all cultures are equal.


20 posted on 07/09/2014 7:33:48 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: markomalley

islamic and civilization; two words that belong in the same sentence, much like corporate and art, even breakfast and burrito.


21 posted on 07/09/2014 7:35:14 PM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: markomalley; All

Now that would be a pass the popcorn moment


22 posted on 07/09/2014 7:39:02 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Viennacon

because the could....after all the pervert prophet is the only one who can be venerated


23 posted on 07/09/2014 7:39:39 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: cripplecreek

I like it


24 posted on 07/09/2014 7:40:31 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Viennacon
Forgive me for being uninformed on this issue, but why did they destroy the resting place of Jonah? Wasn’t he believed to be a prophet in Islam as well?

There's a strong iconoclastic streak in some circles of Islam. Remember how the Taliban blew up those ancient statues of Buddha in Afghanistan, back in 2001? There's also an ongoing destruction of mosques and other historic sites associated with Islam, in Saudi Arabia by Wahhabi extremists.

25 posted on 07/09/2014 7:46:58 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: markomalley

Add to the mix that we have have had treaties and agreements to protect the kingdom for decades. JFK sent in planes to stop Yemen back in the 60s. Obama can’t sleep through those. He would have to go out of his way to do nothing if Saudi is attacked. But nothing he does surprises me anymore.


26 posted on 07/09/2014 7:47:36 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: markomalley

the world needs a modern day Genghis Khan , with respect for GK’s approach towards Islam . Of all who have ever lived GK came the closest to forever whipping islam off the face of planet earth ( as I understand history )

We need a new GK whom will not fail a second time .


27 posted on 07/09/2014 7:54:20 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: markomalley

Wait. Nihilistic Jihadis? They believe in nothing but fight for what they believe in?


28 posted on 07/09/2014 8:07:18 PM PDT by Citizen Zed ("Freedom costs a buck o five" - Gary Johnston, TAWP)
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To: PGR88
Can we arm both sides so they are exactly equal in strength?

Actually, I'd rather see us arm one side...then the other...then the first.

And let them see-saw their way down to nothing.

29 posted on 07/09/2014 8:09:21 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: markomalley

ISIS is targeting Mecca?

Nowwww we’re talking!


30 posted on 07/09/2014 8:15:30 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: LeoWindhorse

GK obliterated the Muslim empire, occupied their territory, but a few generations later, the Khans had converted to Islam.


31 posted on 07/09/2014 8:21:03 PM PDT by MrShoop
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To: LeoWindhorse; All
GK..his armies, came very close. His death prevented Islam's annihilation.
The Indians & Buddhist weren't slouch either. In Modern History, We may
well wish GHWB & GWB had taught them a good lesson, like really leveling
Baghdad and many more (Iraqi/Afghani) cities..make them fear US.

32 posted on 07/09/2014 8:22:14 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: MrShoop

there should have been none left to teach conversion


33 posted on 07/09/2014 8:29:26 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: cripplecreek

More like ISIS will blow up Mecca and blame US.


34 posted on 07/09/2014 8:36:46 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: markomalley

trying to civilize muslims hasn’t worked well. Maybe getting them to fight eachother will work better.


35 posted on 07/09/2014 8:39:14 PM PDT by Cubs Fan (liberalism is a cancer that destroys everything it gets control of.)
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To: Cubs Fan

Might work. I have read that many Muslims believe that Mecca can never be destroyed and if it ever were destroyed, Islam would cease to exist because the destruction would mean Islam was not the true religion.
Let those who want to defend Mecca fight those who want to destroy it, but we need to stay out of that fight.


36 posted on 07/09/2014 8:56:47 PM PDT by kalee
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To: markomalley

“...may be targeting Mecca”

Hmmm, maybe they’re not so bad after all.


37 posted on 07/09/2014 8:57:18 PM PDT by BobL
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To: VitacoreVision

Kinda like the Chinese Cultural Revolution where Mao tried to destroy China’s past—even going so far as to try and demolish the Great Wall. Saudi Arabia better watch out—the royals are not so believed that their heads might roll. This Iconoclastic behavior might be good for Islam—they need a reformation. From all of this blood—may come a realization that this destruction and murder isn’t what Allah or Monhammed wanted.


38 posted on 07/09/2014 8:58:12 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Christ + one Is a majority)
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To: markomalley

This will call for a lot of popcorn.


39 posted on 07/09/2014 9:00:06 PM PDT by stboz
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To: markomalley

All jokes aside, this isn’t good.

Islam has been on the long slide for a while now. OBL tried to get things rolling, and did for a bit, but only in selected areas.

If ISIS takes Mecca, they will start a massive war. Not to mention we REALLY don’t want a new Caliphate. Unless we have a Crusade ready to go.


40 posted on 07/09/2014 9:20:54 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: markomalley

They won’t attack Mecca shrines — they are only after Shia sites.


41 posted on 07/09/2014 9:24:47 PM PDT by expat2
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To: laplata; cripplecreek

Ha, ha, yes! I would shell out some dough to watch this on pay-per-view. Bring on the popcorn! And don’t forget the pork rinds.


42 posted on 07/09/2014 9:31:35 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: Pining_4_TX

And smear the hogs with bacon grease.


43 posted on 07/09/2014 9:39:07 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: kalee

Israel must have at least two nukes aimed at Mecca.


44 posted on 07/09/2014 9:42:57 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: markomalley
Yeah. Sure. Mecca is in Saudi Arabia. Those ISIS dudes are friendlier with their Sunni peers in Saudi than with their enemies in Iran and Syria. Maybe Signor Chiaramonte is confusing Mecca with Rome or something.

Spanish-Speaking ISIS Fighter in Syria Warns: We Shall Liberate Spain
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3175178/posts

Rome will be conquered next, says leader of Islamic State
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3174800/posts


45 posted on 07/09/2014 9:44:42 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

We should give them all the dynamite needed to take care of the meccca


46 posted on 07/09/2014 9:58:16 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
From all of this blood—may come a realization that this destruction and murder isn’t what Allah or Monhammed wanted.

Destruction and murder are exactly what Allah(Satan) and Mohammed are all about.

47 posted on 07/09/2014 10:04:46 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: markomalley

Will the saudi’s stop funding terrorism long enough to stop ISIS? They make good money on the tourist trade to Mecca....


48 posted on 07/09/2014 10:13:19 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: markomalley

I thought the day would come when we would have to nuke Mecca. Maybe not.


49 posted on 07/09/2014 10:26:44 PM PDT by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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50 posted on 07/09/2014 10:34:19 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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