Islamists burn texts

Jan 28, 2013 | Posted by: Joe DeCaro | Full story: www.startribune.com

Fleeing Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor said Monday, as French and Malian forces closed in on Mali's fabled desert city ...

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“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#1 Jan 28, 2013
from startribune:

"Timbuktu, long a hub of Islamic learning, is also home to some 20,000 manuscripts, some dating back as far as the 12th century. Owners have succeeded in removing some of the manuscripts from Timbuktu to save them, while others have been carefully hidden away from the Islamists."

They can't let learning get in the way of islam.

“... truth will out.”

Since: May 08

Stratford, Connecticut.

#2 Jan 28, 2013
Full startribune:

"Timbuktu, long a hub of Islamic learning, is also home to some 20,000 manuscripts, some dating back as far as the 12th century. Owners have succeeded in removing some of the manuscripts from Timbuktu to save them, while others have been carefully hidden away from the Islamists."

Muslims can't let a little thing like learning get in the way of islam.
LBer

Long Beach, CA

#3 Jan 28, 2013
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/01/28/islam...

SEVARE, Mali Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor said Monday, as French and Malian forces closed in on Mali's fabled desert city.

Ousmane Halle said he heard about the burnings early Monday.

"It's truly alarming that this has happened," he told The Associated Press by telephone from Mali's capital, Bamako, on Monday. "They torched all the important ancient manuscripts. The ancient books of geography and science. It is the history of Timbuktu, of its people."

He said he did not have details or whether the rebels were still in the town.

Ground forces backed by French paratroopers and helicopters took control of Timbuktu's airport and the roads leading to the town in an overnight operation, a French military official said Monday. It marked the latest success in the two-week-old French mission to oust radical Islamists from the northern half of Mali, which they seized more than nine months ago.
Bombardier

Bowling Green, KY

#4 Jan 28, 2013
Why would anyone in their right mind destroy a piece of ancient world history? Oh wait...

“Google Operation Northwoods”

Since: Aug 10

** 9-11 was an inside job **

#5 Jan 28, 2013
Why did the Talmud get burned?
The Talmud is a book that actually calls for the burning of Christian books.
http://revisionistreview.blogspot.com/2010/08...
.
http://encyclopediaegypt.com/israel/l700005.h...
george whyte

Market Rasen, UK

#6 Jan 28, 2013
Bombardier wrote:
Why would anyone in their right mind destroy a piece of ancient world history? Oh wait...
becouse they live in the 7th centry

“Google Operation Northwoods”

Since: Aug 10

** 9-11 was an inside job **

#7 Jan 28, 2013
FONTAINE

San Antonio, TX

#8 Jan 28, 2013
Timesten wrote:
Drop dead of anthrax.
grow up Patridiot

Pittsfield, MA

#9 Jan 28, 2013
Choke on both of your feet
https://www.google.com/search...

“Alea iacta est!”

Since: Oct 06

Oh it's ON!

#10 Jan 28, 2013
Why does Tommy support these criminals?

'Al Qaeda Link

In early December, the top American military commander in Africa said that Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was operating terrorist training camps in northern Mali and providing arms, explosives and financing to Boko Haram, a militant Islamist organization in northern Nigeria.

The Al Qaeda affiliate has used the momentum gained since seizing control of the northern part of Mali in March to increase recruiting across sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Europe, said the commander, Gen. Carter F. Ham, in remarks at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University.'

'an enclave and training ground for radical jihadi factions, including Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, who have imposed a brutal application of Shariah law that includes public whippings, beatings, amputations and stonings.'

'The Islamists have also embarked on a campaign of destroying religious shrines that has drawn condemnation from the United Nations and the International Criminal Court.

One of those atrocities occurred on July 29, when Islamists in control of a town in northern Mali stoned a couple to death after accusing them of having children outside of marriage, according to a local official who was one of several hundred witnesses to the killings.

The official said the bearded Islamists, armed with Kalashnikov rifles, brought the couple into the center of the town of Aguelhok from about 12 miles away in the countryside. The young man and woman were forced into holes about four feet deep, with their heads protruding, and then stoned to death.

In early August, Islamists publicly amputated the hand of a man they accused of robbery. The amputation took in the small town of Ansongo, just downriver from the provincial capital, Gao, which is under the rule of a group called the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or Mujao, splintered off from Al Qaeda. It was confirmed by a Mujao spokesman in Gao in a telephone interview, and by the Malian government in a statement later from Bamako, the capital.'

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/internatio...

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