Precious manuscripts threatened by jihadists in Iraq

The fighting in Iraq continues to threaten, not just the populace, but historical treasures and manuscripts. Recently a Dominican Order of priests, known as the Order of Preachers, managed to rescue a number of these precious documents when Islamic State jihadists advanced into the region. (photos)

"When the priests heard that jihadists were approaching, they threw the manuscripts in a few cars and raced out of there," said priest of the Order Laurent Lemoine. "We’re trying to save these cultural artifacts because in northern Iraq it seems that everything is on the road to destruction: people of course, but also our cultural heritage. The artifacts were almost destroyed several times. There’s been tension in northern Iraq since August but the situation has been bad for decades."