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The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, describing the relics as idols that must be removed. The destructions are part of a campaign by the IS extremists who have destroyed a number of shrines - including Muslim holy sites - in order to eliminate what they view as heresy. Comment?
Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups said today. The Sunni extremists, who follow a radical interpretation of Islam, have repeatedly targeted religious and ethnic minorities in Syria and Iraq since seizing control of large swaths of both countries. Comment?
H.P. Newquist, the executive director of the Guitar Museum, discusses several of the pieces in the collection that will be on display. BLADE PHOTOS BY KATIE RAUSCH A stringed instrument once created from a gourd, the guitar has made music for thousands of years, even though for many of us the instrument didn't really matter until the virtuosity of a dead bluesman named Robert Johnson influenced a new wave of English guitar players in the 1960s to plug it in and play it loud. Comment?
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