Iraq: jihadists expel monks from historic monastery
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.
- Jihadists seize ancient Iraqi monastery and expel monks (AFP)
- Bakhdida (Wikipedia)
- Syrian Catholic Church (CNEWA)