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Insurgents Cut Down 150-Year Old Tree for Being ‘Worshipped’

Insurgents Cut Down 150-Year Old Tree for Being ‘Worshipped’
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Extremist insurgents in Syria said they cut down a 150-year-old oak tree in Atme which lies on Syria's border with Turkey, after they accused locals of worshipping it.
"Thank God almighty, the tree... aged more than 150 years has been removed, after people were worshipping it instead of God," said the pro-militant source on Thursday via his Twitter account named "our call is our jihad".

Insurgents Cut Down 150-Year Old Tree for Being ‘Worshipped’

The account also posted pictures of a man in a black mask using an electric saw to cut down the tree. A black al-Qaeda-style flag bearing the "Islamic profession of faith" had been planted on top of the tree.

The militant used the hashtag used by supporters of the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
When militants took over the shrine, they prevented people from going to pray there.

Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the tree had been cut down, adding that it stood next to an ancient shrine in Atme.

Source: Websites, edited by website team


person JB


This is ridiculous. Good-grief. Let people worship what they want, as long as they are not imposing their beliefs on you. That is like a group of people going to Mecca or Bethlehem and destroying Muslim and Christian religious monuments and symbols because it's not the right religion! Would this spread peace? No. These Al-Qaeda terrorists and wahabi's are astray and going down the wrong path. I think they enjoy the power they have of abusing and terrorizing locals.