Nineveh, the name of a city in the Bible, was where Jonah was sent long ago on a mission to persuade its citizens to repent. They must have had quite the reputation. Jonah is associated with the whale story and from the tribe of Zebulan during the 8th century BCE, considered a minor prophet. .
In 1100 BCE, Nineveh was the capital of the new Assyrian Empire. It's foundation was due to Nimrod, son of Cush, another biblical figure of Cushite origin known as the mighty hunter and strong ruler of Babylon, Erech, Accad and more. Assyria was known as THE LAND OF NIMROD. He's also connected to Gilgamesh and the Assyrian war-god, Ninurata.
|Ninurat, Assyrian god with 4 wings|
|Assyrian King of gods, Ashur of their pantheon of gods,|
|Fall of Nineveh|
There had been a Jewish settlement there that dated back to biblical times. The surprise is that there had been a large community dating back to ancient Nineveh days in the immediate vicinity. Mosul came about was founded in the early Mohammedan era about 570 CE and had 7,000 Jewish inhabitants at the time of Benjamin of Tudela, around 1170.
|ISIS destruction of this ancient city of Mosul|
Destruction makes them happy. In 2015, the population was 664,221.
Today, ISIS terrorists have developed in this area whose goal was to create their own empire. They have been on a mission of destruction of ancient artifacts of the ancient religions. ISIS blew up the tomb of Jonah in July 2014 who was also known in Arabic as Nabi Yunis.
When the Jews left in 1948, the did not share their knowledge of Jewish sites. The community left inscriptions and items with family friends that were passed down or left, collecting dust. These hidden mementos were then saved from the ISIS invaders. The synagogue was used as a storage area by ISIS for bombs and also as a hideout to avoid coalition airstrikes.
|ISIS faced final defeat in Mosul|
The Iraqi army fought for 8 months to liberate Mosul from ISIS
Weather here is hot but dry; 102°F (39°C), Wind W at 12 mph (19 km/h), 14% Humidity
|ISIS has been designated a terrorist organization by the United Nations and many individual countries. ISIL is widely known for its videos of beheadings and other types of executions of both soldiers and civilians, including journalists and aid workers, and its destruction of cultural heritage sites. ] The United Nations holds ISIL responsible for human rights abuses and war crimes. ISIL also committed ethnic cleansing on an historic scale in northern Iraq.|
Resource: The New Standard Jewish Encycloopedia