IS destroys Iraq's oldest Christian monastery

    IS destroys Iraq's oldest Christian monastery

    Jan 20, Baghdad: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been destroyed by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) soon after IS seized the city, the Satellite images shows.

    St Elijah's stood on a hill near the northern city of Mosul for 1,400 years.

    A Catholic priest from Mosul warned that its Christian history was "being barbarically levelled", media reports said.

    Father Paul Thabit Habib, who now lives in Kurdish-administered Irbil  said, "We see it as an attempt to expel us from Iraq, eliminating and finishing our existence in this land."

    IS has targeted Christians in Iraq and neighbouring Syria, seizing their property and forcing them to convert to Islam, pay a special tax or flee.

    The group has also demolished a number of monasteries and churches, as well as renowned pre-Islamic sites including Nimrud, Hatra and Nineveh in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria.

    The Oslo Times