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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Damage to the Mosque of Khalid ibn al-Walid in Homs

Some time back, in talking about the ordeal of the Syrian city of Homs, I noted that it is the traditional resting place of Khalid ibn al-Walid,. the great general of the early Islamic conquests, "the Sword of God," who after leaving his command, retired in Homs after the conquest of Syria, and is the city's patron of sorts. His mosque-tomb is a major landmark.

We've noted the damage to Syrian antiquities in the war on several occasions; this photo is identified as the mosque of Khalid in Homs,, after an apparent artillery or bomb strike:

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