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Stash of ancient Biblical manuscripts recovered after being stolen by ISIS

by Will Maule

Dozens of ancient Syriac Christian manuscripts have been uncovered in Iraq after the arrest of a suspected member of ISIS.

Islamic fighters are thought to have stolen the priceless Biblical texts from Assyrian churches across the beleaguered city of Mosul, which between 2014 and 2017 became the terror group's de facto capital. 

In a statement revealing details of the wonderful discovery, Mosul police chief Laith Al Hamdani said: “The arrest of a suspected ISIS member led to the recovery of 32 archaeological books that were in his possession. The man hid the books in his kitchen."

Mosul was liberated in 2017 after an international military coalition defeated the occupying ISIS forces in a bloody battle lasting more than nine months. 

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