Sameer N. Yacoub

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Islamic State militants target Iraqi libraries in war on ideas

World | ANALYSIS Feb 1, 2015

Islamic State militants target Iraqi libraries in war on ideas

When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas. Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern ...