ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in MosulThe Mosul public library was torched by ISIS according to latest reports from the Mideast. Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned. The Public library was reportedly burned to the ground by ISIS Militants. They used improvised Notables in Mosul tried to persuade ISIS members to spare the library, but failed. The Mosul Public Library was established in 1921, the same year that saw the birth of the modern Iraq. Among its lost collections were manuscripts from the eighteenth century, Syriac books printed in Iraq’s first printing house in the nineteenth century, books from the Ottoman era, Iraqi newspapers from the early twentieth century and some old antiques like an astrolabe and sand glass used by ancient Arabs. FULL REPORT