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    FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2008 photo, U.S. Army soldiers tour St. Elijah's Monastery on Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq.

    Daesh Barbarians Destroy 1,400-Year-Old Christian Monastery in Iraq

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    The Christian site was completely razed near Daesh-occupied Mosul in northern Iraq.

    The historic St. Elijah monastery, situated on a hill near Mosul and dating from the 6th century, was razed by Daesh in late 2014, following the occupation of the area by the terrorist organization, Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

    “I can’t describe my sadness,” Father Paul Thabit Habib commented. “Our Christian history in Mosul is being barbarically leveled. We see it as an attempt to expel us from Iraq, eliminating and finishing our existence in this land.”

    ​Satellite images released by AP show that the ancient monastery has been completely demolished.

    Over 100 historic sites are thought to have been destroyed by Daesh extremists. Christians in Iraq and Syria have been systematically persecuted, their properties expropriated and lives put under constant threat as a result of the violent extremist group. Some Christians have been executed for their faith.

    In Syria, militants from Daesh blew up the Church of the Virgin Mary in northeast of the country on Easter Sunday 2015.

    Daesh is notorious for destructive rampages against both Christian and Muslim holy sites, destroying churches and mosques across occupied areas, along with ancient and historically-significant heritage sites. Not even graveyards have been safe from extermination. In February 2015, Daesh militants in the Syrian city of Tel Hermosa, in the Hasakah province, destroyed one of country’s oldest churches. In March 2015, Daesh terrorists destroyed a 15th century Catholic monastery in the Iraqi city of Mosul; earlier, extremists in Mosul burned a church constructed in the 3rd Century.

    The UK-based charity Aid to the Church in Need issued a worrying report to the British House of Lords last fall, warning that Christianity in Iraq and Syria would be gravely threatened, if not entirely extinguished, by 2020, if Daesh is not stopped.

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    • Ann
      Now you know why the west is dragging it's feet on "stopping" ISIS. If they (NWO) wait long enough, Christian history will be gone and that is the goal of the globalists anyway.
    • Athanasios
      In 1743 all 150 monks were slaughtered when they refused to convert to Islam, and since then, the monastery has been closed. Today, there is a broader question: Is it only Daesh at fault for the genocide of Christians in M. East and N. Africa? No need for answer, it's a rhetorical question.
    • Why do we allow Israel, the puppet master, to do this?
    • artin reply toAthanasios(Show commentHide comment)
      Athanasios, so it was the Ottoman Turks who did this?
    • Athanasiosin reply toart(Show commentHide comment)
      art, I looked it up. It was the Persian leader Tahmaz Nader Shah, of Turkic Afshar tribe of northern Persia, a cruel hegemon who actually fought against the Ottomans, and united Persia. He eventually followed the Sunni faith, although it is doubtful if he belived in anything, from what I read.
      The conclusion is that, time and again, the Islamic religion is used as a vehicle for exterminating enemies from the face of this Earth. The destruction of St. Elijah's monastery, and the ancient buildings in Palmyra is a fact we cannot ignore. We cannot say it was just the fault of Daesh leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Our Muslim friends here, esp. the educated ones, should take a good look at the political aspect of Islam, because history repeats itself.
    • armorin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, YOU HAVE SAID IT: THAT IS PRECISELY THE GOAL, THE AIM OF THE NWO : TO ERASE THE WORD 'CHRIST' IN ALL THE WORLD, EVERYTHING CHRISTIAN, STARTING WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND ALL OTHERS. THAT'S WHY THE SO-CALLED WEST IS NOT SCARED OF IS, DAESH, THE ELITES IN POWER HAVE NO FEAR WHATSOEVER, IT IS THEIR POLICY TO ERASE CHRISTIANITY.
      we the powerless at the bottom of the scale, can only look, watch, PRAY GOD to have mercy on us, finally, as we know, God is not mocked, our Lord Jesus Christ will reign in this His world, He created. THE NWO AINT SEEN NOTHIN' YET.... St Michael, we pray you to lead your legions when it pleases God to order them down. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
      In the meantime, we have Russia, the now great Hope in the world.
      Russia, you will be showered with blessings soon for what you are doing , o.k. you look after your interests first, and I admire you for telling us clearly, but in second line, you defend what is dearest to us all, you defend the Christian Family and most of values dear to the majority of the world.
      THAT 'S WHAT MAKE RUSSIA SO DIFFERENT, SO STRONG: basically, the majority believe Russia is right, is on the right track. Russia, Mr. Putin & Medvedev, I am proud of you.
    • artin reply toAthanasios(Show commentHide comment)
      Athanasios, great job, thank you. I'll follow it as well.
    • Ann in reply toarmor(Show commentHide comment)
      armor, Amen.
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