ISIS burns more than 8,000 rare books in Mosul

February 25, 2015 3:49 PM

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More than 8,000 rare books and manuscripts – including books printed in the 19th century in Iraq’s first printing house – have been burned by Islamic State militants in Mosul, despite pleas from the public.

“ISIS militants bombed the Mosul Public Library. They used improvised explosive devices,” Ghanim al-Ta'an, the director of the library, told the Fiscal Times.

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