May 5th, 2012
03:29 PM ET

Rebels burn Timbuktu tomb listed as U.N. World Heritage site

Elderly men were keeping watch Saturday over Timbuktu's main library after Islamists burned down a tomb listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The attacks Friday were blamed on Ansar Dine, a militant group that seeks to impose strict Sharia law.

The ancient city in Mali was captured by at least two separatist Tuareg rebel groups in an anti-government uprising in the northern part of the country that began in January.

The rebels burned the tomb of a Sufi saint where people come to pray, said Sankoum Sissoko, a tour guide familiar with the place. He said the library and other heritage sites remained under threat.

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  1. banasy©

    I am pretty tired of reading about ancient sites being blown up/desecrated because a group of guys have to take things to the extreme limits of belief.

    May 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    I can remember also in 2001 when the taliban blew up the statues of Bhudda in Afghanistan. It was truly sad.

    May 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      bc (iah)©:
      I remember it, also.
      I remember thinking, "why? What is the POINT?"
      If it was to make them look like an intolerant, vindictive group, they have succeeded.

      May 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ banasy©

      I know. When they showed the video of them blowing up those statues, my chin just hit the floor. So much history being destroyed by the islamic idiots. Unbelievable.

      May 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hamsta

    They just spit this story out because cnn does not want to report on the two journalists in georgia that were assaulted by a mob of black people.cnn tried to paint zimmerman as a white man and stir up the race they refuse to report on a true racial issue.CNN DOES NOT LIKE WHITE PFOPLE.

    May 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. **cosmicVox *

    This is DISGUSTING and Tragic, I wish there was a way these people could just drop dead.

    May 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. **cosmicVox *

    ...Those who destroy the past can control the future. They are an Abomination to humankind.

    May 5, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    It's a disgrace. And they aren't just desroying something of religious significance, they are destroying things of historical, cultural, and archaeological value.Sad. Just sad.

    May 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |

    When the Islamic forces took over Alexandria, Egypt, they burned all the writings, some 500,000 to 750,000 ancient manuscripts to heat the baths for 6 months.
    When they asked the Calif what about saving them his reply was:
    If they donot conform to our Koran they should be burned; and if they do what loss is it as our KORAN HAS IT ALL WITHIN IT ALREADY._

    May 6, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      Rather ignorant comments.History books have been written always by sides conforming to and subscribing to one belief or the other, one 'civilization' or the other.
      Such sweeping statements are common on both sides.

      May 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |

    If you tjimk judt the Islamic's are the only ones who thought that way they also nurned down the same library for the same damn reason, and just listen real closely to the reasoning our present day US Christian Fundys when they talk about science when it conflicts with their religious tenets
    Text books revising US history along with more "Intelligent Design Theology".
    Texas, Florida, and other Bible Belt Stated!

    May 6, 2012 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      The most revered, aesthetic in architecture and historic religious buildings & monuments belonging to other religions are found in the muslim dominated countries. If you travel around the world.
      The destruction of Buddha monuments is an aberration carried out by a group of people who do not rep[resent 1.2 billion plus muslims.

      May 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 1960AmericaFrance

    Attacked' journalist accuses Sarkozy of inciting hatred
    'Attacked' journalist accuses Sarkozy of inciting hatred
    A French journalist has accused President Nicolas Sarkozy of inciting hatred against the media after she was allegedly assaulted at a political rally organised by the ruling UMP party.

    May 6, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |

    Islamic astronomy or Arabic astronomy comprises the astronomical developments made in the Islamic world, particularly during the Islamic Golden Age (8th–15th centuries),[1] and mostly written in the Arabic language. These developments mostly took place in the Middle East, Central Asia, Al-Andalus, and North Africa, and later in the Far East and India. It closely parallels the genesis of other Islamic sciences in its assimilation of foreign material and the amalgamation of the disparate elements of that material to create a science with Islamic characteristics.

    May 6, 2012 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |

    The Greeks could make case similar to American corporate legalize- something about a minor tariff on all Greek intellectual property- that would erase the so called "debts" overnight – I doubt organized Jezuss will fare very well in the new corporate oil tax distributions or land tariffs within North or South America.

    May 6, 2012 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. TheCALIF

    has no rights to take back all inventions? like farming in Europe? Why not? and really WHY DO YOU CARE? :)))))
    but your 1800s obsolete THEO culture "human terrain mapping" science books and THEO TEXTS... we do not care. 🙂
    Did YOU LOSE something of RESALE value? Yet again?

    May 6, 2012 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. towncryer

    Somebody let the lunatic loose. He is a danger to himself and others. Beware.

    May 6, 2012 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. lol

    ahhhhhh..... "value added" capitalism > let not one certified duplicate page of the $$$$$ printed currency bills be lost to the "heathens"

    May 6, 2012 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. towncryer

    crying in your beer – changes not the facts... but it might make you feel better on the downloads. 🙂

    May 6, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      i thought people did that over grain or potatoe kno' the kind with the small toe of the desparate or despondent man distilling at the bottom...yeah! yeah! it is a bit repulsive so the demeanor was updated with pitted stuff olives...keeps everyone from choking from small
      objects and minimizes the repulse factor...anyways it's not wise to put yah mood in a

      May 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
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