PICTURED: The first Jihadi jailed for war crimes after destroying ancient shrines

PICTURED: The first Jihadi jailed for war crimes after destroying ancient shrines
 

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi begged for forgiveness as he became the first jihadi to be jailed for war crimes. 
The former teacher pleaded guilty to his role in the destruction of 10 mausoleums and religious sites in Timbuktu dating from Mali's 14th-century golden age as a trading hub and centre of Sufi Islam, a branch of the religion seen as idolatrous by some hardline Muslim groups.
Judges at The Hague said the sites, nine of them on the UNESCO World Heritage list, "had an emotional and symbolic meaning for the residents of Timbuktu”.
By striking at their most meaningful religious sites,... read more

 
27 September 2016 in World News, Views: 32
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