PAYBACK! Christian ‘Babylon Brigades’ Oust Isis Jihadis From Monastery In Bloody Battle
Posted by addisethiopia on November 23, 2016
CHRISTIAN defence forces have captured suspected Islamic State militants hiding in a Catholic monastery in Iraq during the battle to reclaim Mosul in northern Iraq.
Known as the Iraqi Christian forces Kataeb Babylon – or Babylon Brigades – the group has been working to reclaim the city of Mosul from ISIS fanatics.
The extremists were captured near the Mar Benham Syriac Catholic monastery in the town of Khidr Ilyas southeast of Mosul on Tuesday.
Iraqi fighters battling to oust the Islamist death cult – also know by its Arabic acronym Daesh – from Mosul captured the Catholic Mar Benham monastery over the weekend, allowing its priests to return after a two-year absence.
Dating back to the fourth century AD, the monastery lies just 20 miles south of Iraq’s second city, which became a bastion of the jihadi group which swept across northern Iraq in 2014.
ISIS filmed the destruction of part of the church in 2015 when it detonated a bomb outside the building, part of a wave of terror on religious and archaeological sites that do not fit with the group’s twisted ideology.
They also burned a collection of books about Christian theology, scraped off inscriptions written in Syriac – the language used by Jesus – and demolished sculptures of the Virgin Mary and the monastery’s patron saint.
Duraid Elias, commander of the Babylon Brigades, told Reuters: “Their fundamental goal was to destroy Christian history and civilisation in the Nineveh plains.”
ISIS had converted Mar Behnam, Iraq’s largest monastery, into a headquarters for the Hisba — morality police, which enforced strict rules against such things as smoking, men shaving their beards and women baring their faces in public.
A remote corner of the complex was filled with dozens of satellite dishes the commander said had been confiscated from residents nearby.
The Babylon Brigades are Christian fighters who form part of the anti-ISIS alliance to retake Mosul.
They often travel with large wooden crosses in their pickup trucks and black headbands declaring devotion to Jesus or the Virgin Mary.
And they plan to continue fighting to rid the terror group from other Christian sites in Iraq.
The Babylon Brigades commander said: “We are proving to the world that Christians are not weak. We are stronger than they imagined.
“There are others. We are going one by one: for every Christian house they blew up, we blow up a house next to it,” he said from atop the monastery, pointing out one such pair of buildings.
“This is war. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”