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IS destroyed Iraq’s oldest Monastery

Satellite pictures affirm that the most established Christian cloister in Iraq has been pulverized by the jihadist bunch Islamic State (IS).

St Elijah’s remained on a slope close to the northern city of Mosul for a long time.

In any case, experts said the pictures, got by the Associated Press, proposed it had been annihilated in late 2014, not long after IS grabbed the city.

A Catholic minister from Mosul cautioned that its Christian history was “as a rule savagely leveled”.

“We consider it to be an endeavor to remove us from Iraq, killing and completing our presence in this area,” said Father Paul Thabit Habib, who now lives in Kurdish-directed Irbil.

IS has focused on Christians in Iraq and neighboring Syria, grabbing their property and constraining them to change over to Islam, pay an exceptional duty or escape.

The gathering has likewise wrecked various religious communities and places of worship, and also prestigious pre-Islamic locales including Nimrud, Hatra and Nineveh in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria.

St Elijah’s Monastery, or Deir Mar Elia, was accepted to have been built by Assyrian friars in the late sixth Century. It was later guaranteed by a Chaldean Catholic request.

In 1743, its friars were given a final offer by Persian powers to change over to Islam. They declined and upwards of 150 were slaughtered.

Fr Thabit told AP that the cloister “turned into a profound spot for Christians to visit and to have religious functions, and to ask absolution from the holy person who established this religious community”.

“The cloister pulled in every one of the general population from Mosul – Christians and Muslims. Every one of the artists, antiquarians and explorers expounded on this religious community,” he included. “It turned into an imperative spot for the historical backdrop of the Church in Iraq.”

In the 1970s, the religious community turned into a base for the Iraqi Republican Guard, and in 2003 one of its dividers was harmed by the effect of a T-72 tank turret that was hit by a rocket amid the US-drove attack of Iraq.

The US Army utilized the religious community as a base itself, before a clergyman perceived its significance and a leader requested it to be cleared.

Stephen Wood of Allsource Analysis told AP that the satellite pictures distributed on Wednesday recommended the religious community was wrecked in the middle of August and September 2014, a few months after IS caught Mosul and requested Christians who had not as of now fled to clear out.

The pictures demonstrated “that the stone dividers have been truly pounded”, Mr Wood said. “Bulldozers, overwhelming gear, heavy hammers, potentially explosives transformed those stone dividers into this field of dark white dust. They pulverized it totally.”

A security source in Nineveh region independently affirmed to the BBC on Wednesday that IS aggressors had exploded the religious community, totally decimating it.

The original post appeared on BBC.

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