ISIL militants destroy historical mosque in Raqqa

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014


isil5Terrorists belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have destroyed another religious site in Syria, Al-Alalam reports.

The al-Qaeda-linked militants damaged historical al-Mansoureh Mosque in the northeastern city of Raqqa on Monday.

The US and some of its allies, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, openly support the militancy in Syria.

More than 100,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in March 2011.The prolonged militancy has also forced millions of Syrians to flee their homes.

Terrorists continue attacks on Syrian Christian town
Terrorist groups continue attacks on a Christian town on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
The foreign-baked militants on Monday targeted Cherubim Monastery, which is located on top of a mountain in Qalamoun region.

The armed militants continuously attack the monastery from Rankus village in an effort to reach and take over the town of Saidnaya.

On January 19, more than 100 Takfiri militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and brigades of the so-called Free Syrian Army were killed during clashes with the Syrian army near the monastery.
Syrian troops also seized machineguns, rocket propelled grenades and types of weapons after the clashes.

Militants from surrounding areas increased their mortar attacks on Saidnaya following the defeat.
A shell hit a school while another fell in the vicinity of Saint George Monastery.

Saidnaya is a Christian town that houses some of the oldest convents on earth like the Convent of Our Lady. Its residents support the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Some 1.8 million Christians reside in Syria, making up about 10 percent of the country’s population. The religious minority has been subjected to numerous attacks by extremist groups since the outbreak of violence in the country in March 2011.

In October 2013, the Syrian army managed to take back control of the ancient Christian town of Sadad, situated north of Damascus, from al-Qaeda-linked militants.

In September, members of the al-Nusra Front briefly took over the Christian village of Ma’loula, which is home to two of the oldest surviving monasteries in Syria. Syrian troops have managed to retake most areas of the village.

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The militants also have caused damage to many religious sites including mosques and churches after the occupation of the city.

Over the past year, thousands of foreign militants have poured into Syria to fight government forces.
Analysts from an arm of the British defense consultant IHS Jane’s and from a nonprofit think tank in London estimate that over 15,000 foreign militants, including Americans and Europeans, are fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In recent weeks, Western diplomats have warned that the issue of more than a thousand terrorists who have come from Europe to fight in Syria has turned into "a serious concern" for the countries they come from.

The US and some of its allies, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, openly support the militancy in Syria.

More than 100,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in March 2011.The prolonged militancy has also forced millions of Syrians to flee their homes.

Terrorists continue attacks on Syrian Christian town
Terrorist groups continue attacks on a Christian town on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
The foreign-baked militants on Monday targeted Cherubim Monastery, which is located on top of a mountain in Qalamoun region.

The armed militants continuously attack the monastery from Rankus village in an effort to reach and take over the town of Saidnaya.

On January 19, more than 100 Takfiri militants from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and brigades of the so-called Free Syrian Army were killed during clashes with the Syrian army near the monastery.
Syrian troops also seized machineguns, rocket propelled grenades and types of weapons after the clashes.

Militants from surrounding areas increased their mortar attacks on Saidnaya following the defeat.
A shell hit a school while another fell in the vicinity of Saint George Monastery.

Saidnaya is a Christian town that houses some of the oldest convents on earth like the Convent of Our Lady. Its residents support the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Some 1.8 million Christians reside in Syria, making up about 10 percent of the country’s population. The religious minority has been subjected to numerous attacks by extremist groups since the outbreak of violence in the country in March 2011.

In October 2013, the Syrian army managed to take back control of the ancient Christian town of Sadad, situated north of Damascus, from al-Qaeda-linked militants.

In September, members of the al-Nusra Front briefly took over the Christian village of Ma’loula, which is home to two of the oldest surviving monasteries in Syria. Syrian troops have managed to retake most areas of the village.

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