Islamic State’s Iconoclasm Islamic State blows up a Syrian Sufi shrine. Islamic State destroys religious shrines, including unearthing graves, in Raqqa governorate, Syria. In March 2014, Islamic State blew up the double shrine complex of ‘Ammar ibn Yasir and Uways al-Qarani, two supporters of ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib who were killed at the Battle of Siffin against the Umayyad ruler Mu’awiyya I in 657. Islamic State shrine and grave destruction in Nineveh governorate, Iraq. In July 2014 Islamic State blew up the Shrine of the Prophet Yunus (Jonah) in Mosul, Iraq.