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Crisis in Iraq

Jonah's tomb destroyed by ISIS militants

Residents of Mosul, Iraq, say ISIS militants have blown up the shrine thought to be the burial place of the prophet Jonah, who appeared in both the Bible and the Koran.

The Guardian reports that on Thursday, everyone inside the Mosque of the Prophet Younis, or Jonah, was asked to leave. The mosque, which was renovated by Saddam Hussein in the 1990s and has long been a destination for religious pilgrims, was then blown up, with the militants saying it was being used for apostasy.

Residents who lived close by the mosque said that several houses were also damaged, and they were worried about their safety. The U.S. State Department believes that ISIS is now "worse than al Qaeda," with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk saying on Wednesday the group is "no longer a terrorist organization. It is a full-blown army."