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Faisal Husain

Crimes Against Civilization in the Hejaz

[Jannat al-Baqi in Medina Saudi Arabia. Image from Creative Commons/Wikimedia.]

In March of this year, a Tuareg armed rebellion in northern Mali and the consequent coup d’état that renegade soldiers staged in the Malian capital Bamaku empowered Salafi fighters, like Ansar al-Din group, to seize the northern part of Mali, including the ancient city of Timbuktu, known as the “City of 333 Saints.” By late June, reports had emerged that Ansar al-Din fighters were destroying various historically important mosques and tombs, many of which are listed as UNESCO ...

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