ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives Weekly Report 67–68 (November 11, 2015 – November 24, 2015)


Michael D. Danti, Allison Cuneo, Marina Gabriel, Susan Penacho, Kyra Kaercher, Marshall Schurtz, LeeAnn Barnes Gordon, Emily Ham, and John O’Neill

Download Report 67–68

Key points from this report:

  • ASOR CHI in-country sources report that the Great Mosque of Maraat Al-Numan was damaged by airstrikes.
  • A tunnel bomb damaged the main entrance to the Aleppo Citadel and the immediately adjacent Khan al-Shouna (var. Shouneh, Shoune).
  • The Raqqa Museum was reportedly struck by Russian airstrikes.
  • ASOR CHI in-country sources report new roads are being constructed within the walls of ancient Nineveh.
  • A suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque in Sadr City outside Baghdad.
  • Gunmen blew up the Abu Hanifa Mosque in Muqdadiyah.
  • Syrian military forces, with the assistance of Russian airstrikes and pro-government forces, advance towards Palmyra.
  • Russian airstrikes continue as French forces begin intensive bombing campaigns in the wake of a terrorist attack in Paris, which also resulted in an expansion of US targets to include oil fields and tanker truck convoys.

* This report is based on research conducted by the “Syria Preservation Initiative: Planning for Safeguarding Heritage Sites in Syria." Weekly reports reflect reporting from a variety of sources and may contain unverified material. As such, they should be treated as preliminary and subject to change.

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