Assad’s War on the Mosque of the Companion Khalid Ibn al-Walid

The Assad regime has been shelling the mosque of the companion of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, Khalid Ibn al-Walid, may Allah be pleased with him, as early as February 2012 and it has only increased since. This has caused significant damage to the domes, minarets and other parts of this historical mosque. It has also caused damage on the inside, where his shrine and tomb and that of the companion Abdullah Ibn Umar Ibn al-Khattab are located, may Allah be pleased with them. Footage from February doesn’t seem to show that they suffered any damage, although there is clearly damage very near them. More recent footage shows more damage in general, but doesn’t capture images of the shrine and tombs.  Even though shelling and bombardments have only increased, the mosque has still been largely saved from the massive destruction that befell on the rest of the Khalidiyye neighbourhood and many other neighbourhoods of Homs. This may change any day. The following is a (incomplete) list of videos showing the damage on the inside and outside of the mosque respectively, and footage from of the shelling itself. First, a report from April by Syrian Archaeological.

Damage inside of the mosque:

February 25 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCVV–woYk0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxZsbVHajZE
February 26: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyPFuB7DAfM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdGU_aji-K8
March 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5v3rOQGWGE
June 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUNwX0sVHU4
August 29 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km-rjZ-7ZkE

Damage on the outside:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpHJ5kluOkM

September 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpHJ5kluOkM
August 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LknE1_huLNU
July 23 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYYeDuGBfKc
July 16 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBgB1uac9iU
July 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3cFxY5E68Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvcdJ8AFGnI

Shelling of the mosque:

August 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgJF6mJvlnc
July 13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1icCVbdg-8
July 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTIRmhNpI4c
June 17 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsSMcipk4O0
June 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nofgELMYyRk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsDW4OxUuXI
July 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBKcSq2XwPM
April 16 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOOnbBXF_K0
April 14 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQo3S1Z6SJ4
February 24 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDHxrSksqGk

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