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Iraq: jihadists expel monks from historic monastery

Catholic World News - July 22, 2014

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the jihadist group that now controls one-fourth of Syria and 40% of Iraq, stormed a Syrian Catholic monastery on July 20 and expelled the monks.

Mar Benham monastery is located in Bakhdida (Qaraqosh), a largely Christian town of 50,000 located 20 miles from Mosul. The monastery dates from the 4th century, according to an Agence France-Presse report.

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jul. 22, 2014 9:02 PM ET USA

    I hate to say this, but these people are screaming for us to mount a new Crusade. It's a repeat of the tenth and eleventh centuries.

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