On Wednesday June 21, the great 12th Century al-Nuri mosque in Mosul was destroyed. It was in this religious space that Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first public appearance as caliph during the Friday prayers on July 4, 2014, one month after ISIS’ occupation of Mosul, and a few days following the announcement of the Caliphate by Abū Muhammad al-Adnānī. The question that is now on many people’s minds is: who really destroyed the al-Nuri mosque?
Marc-André Argentino is a PhD candidate at Concordia Univeristy. He is also a Digital Fellow of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) as well as a research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE). Marc-André is a subject matter expert on, religious and political violence, radicalization, terrorist use of the internet, online terrorist recruitment, and terrorist propaganda.