Mali Islamists destroy tombs in Timbuktu
An ancient shrine in Timbuktu is destroyed in this photo taken on July 1, 2012.
October 19th, 2012
04:59 AM ET

Mali Islamists destroy tombs in Timbuktu

By Amir Ahmed, CNN

(CNN) - Al Qaeda-linked rebels in northern Mali destroyed historic and religious landmarks in Timbuktu on Thursday, claiming the relics are idolatrous, residents told CNN.

Three four-wheel-drive trucks carrying at least 30 armed fighters arrived Thursday morning at three mausolea - all U.N. World Heritage sites - in the southern Timbuktu neighborhood of Kabara, two residents told CNN by phone.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Islam

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  1. cleareye1

    One day Islam will breed a courageous group that will come to their rescue by challenging this kind of raw ignorance. They had better hurry. The world is tiring of this.

    October 29, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  2. Who Knows

    Judaism plagiarized/borrowed (either way, it's not unique) from the religions predating it, Christianity definitely fed off of Judaism and Islam is just a terrible offshoot of them both. It's high time we trash the stronghold they all claim on TRUTH and call them out on the morality/ethics they attribute to their doctrine that have existed in civilizations well before "Yahweh/Jesus/Allah" was even thought of (how anyone could get their morality from the god of the Old Testement is beyond me...>.>). I've studied enough and seen enough to know we need to liberate ourselves from these sinister man-made regimes...

    Take a lesson from our +100,000 years of existence on this planet: we survive through mutuality and dependence on one another, and not some lousy constructs that came along 4,000-2,000 years earlier claiming to hold the Truth and our salvation in the hands of some Sky Tyrant who created us depraved only to order us to heal ourselves in obedience to Him or risk Hell Fire. Believe that crap if you want, lol...

    ...In other words, I can give two whatever what faith either cannidate professes. Only what lesser of the two evils will actually put this country back on track.

    October 22, 2012 at 1:28 am |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    October 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book can help you:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      October 21, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • .

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      This troll is not a christian..

      October 22, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      October 22, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • cleareye1

      My favorite "prayer" story is the bible thumper whose reverend father died showing his faith by handling poisonous snakes. The son wanted to show his faith by proving what his father failed to do. The son died of snake bites too.

      October 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  4. Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

    Rainer Braendlein
    Get some education in truth absolute, Saint is short of hindu Sanatan, pagan goon, and your article is nothing but hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, liar, spoken not of truth absolute but from hindu soul, filthy desire to promote hinduism, lies about Muslim's and Islam, by labeling hinduism, denial of truth some thing else, does not change a thing, but still, hinduism, denial of truth absolute GOD, hinduism, corruption of truth absolute you claim to have faith in , is nothing but hindu Mithra ism, pagan savior ism, labeled a Christianity, be honest, may be a hindu, lair like you have no knowledge of, but seek, call your hinduism, absurdity Christianity, by it's real name, hinduism, pagan ism and hindu Santana you mention as saint, was nothing else but a hindu Sanatan, filthy goon with his hindu ignorant view. Visit truthisthelimit.com to learn truth about hinduism, denial of truth absolute.

    October 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

      your hindu filthy french is same as your hinduism, ignorance. hindu, ignorant.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
    • Eliminate hindu Judaism, Atheism, secularism, 'SELF CENTER ISM' for peace among humanity.

      Calm down hindu, ignorant, no need to like your god monkey. hindu, copy cat.

      October 20, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
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