ISIS is going around destroying any and all historical sites that belong to any religion besides Islam.
But they may have just unwittingly helped prove the veracity of at least one book of the Bible.
While occupying the Iraqi city of Mosul, ISIS demolished the traditional Tomb of Jonah, the biblical prophet tasked with preaching to the people of the Assyrian capital of Nineveh.
After ISIS was recently pushed out of Mosul, archeologists had a chance to examine the wreckage, and made a stunning discovery.
Fox News reported that below the ancient tomb lies the long-lost palace of the Assyrian King Sennacherib, whose invasion of Judah and miraculous defeat before the walls of Jerusalem is extensively documented in the Bible.
In the palace, archeologists have begun to uncover ancient inscriptions and documents from the time of Sennacherib, his son King Esarhaddon, and his son King Ashurbanipal.
The find is one of the more exciting archeological finds in recent years, and provides yet further evidence that the biblical account of Middle East history is accurate.
Turkey has been in a row with Iraq’s central government over Turkish troops near Mosul. Erdogan has warned of bloodshed if the Iraqi army uses Shiite militia to retake Mosul, which is a largely Sunni city.
Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday after talks with President Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan has previously voiced frustration that NATO member Turkey has not been more involved in the U.S.-backed assault on the Iraqi city, once part of the Ottoman empire and still seen by Turkey as firmly within its sphere of influence.
Iraq, meanwhile, views Turkish military moves on its territory with apprehension, and any agreement on Mosul would defuse a major source of tension between the neighbors. Reuters
What is Ankara’s strategic thinking about the battle for Mosul in Iraq, even as Turkey unleashes airstrikes on US-backed Kurds in Syria? One undeniable fact: Ankara feverishly wants to be in Mosul when the cards in Iraq are reshuffled.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, responding to Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s ultimatum that Turkish soldiers can’t enter Mosul, said Oct. 17, “How can you keep me out? I have a 350-kilometer [200-mile] border there. Those who have nothing to do with the place are entering Mosul. Why? Because Baghdad is supposed to have invited them. … We will be there for the operation and at the table.”
The next day, newspapers close to Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government reported his words in banner headlines. Erdogan has thus made Mosul an important domestic political issue in Turkey. al-monitor
On Friday U.S. launched airstrikes on a gathering of ISIS leaders in Mosul, Iraq. There is speculation that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was hurt or killed. Jihadist reportedly emptied the hospital and ran through the streets demanding blood donors for wounded.
An Iraqi security official, Hisham al-Hashimi, told the UK’s Daily Telegraph that Elefery was ‘Baghdadi’s very close companion’ and was killed in the attack which destroyed up to 10 vehicles.
‘He and Baghdadi were rarely separate. It’s for this reason that it could be possible that Baghdadi was with him at the time of the attack,’ he said to the British newspaper.
Hashimi revealed that Elefery’s death was confirmed to him by relatives.
General Nicholas Houghton, the Chief of the Defence Staff of the British Armed Forces told the Daily Telegraph: ‘I can’t absolutely confirm that Baghdadi has been killed. Probably it will take some days to have absolute confirmation.’