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ISIS Destroys Iraq’s Oldest Christian Monastery

It’s been confirmed the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, most likely built in the 6th century, was destroyed by ISIS.

BBC reported, St. Elijah’s Monastery “stood on a hill near the northern city of Mosul for 1,400 years.” ISIS seized the city in 2014 and analysts believed the monastery had been destroyed shortly after.

Father Paul Thabit Habib, a local Catholic priest who now lives in Irbil, cautioned that Mosul’s Christian history was “being barbarically levelled”.

“We see it as an attempt to expel us from Iraq, eliminating and finishing our existence in this land,” said Father Habib.

ISIS continues to target Christians and seeks to destroy churches and monasteries, “as well as renowned pre-Islamic sites including Nimrud, Hatra and Nineveh in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria.”

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