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Another Blow to Christianity and Civilisation: ISIS Destroy 4th Century Mar Benham Monastery in Iraq

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on March 20, 2015


  • — Jihadis used explosives to destroy Mar Benham monastery in Bakhdida
  • — Blast reduced the ancient building to rubble according to local residents 
  • — ISIS seized control of the monastery last summer, expelling resident monks
  • — The ancient building was built by Assyrian king Senchareb 1,600 years ago


Barbaric Islamic State militants have dealt yet another blow to Christian history in Iraq by using explosives to destroy the 4th Century Mar Benham monastery.

The ancient building, built by Assyrian king Senchareb 1,600 years ago, stood in the Christian-dominated town of Bakhdida, just 20 miles south east of oil rich ISIS stronghold Mosul.

Locals took to social media to share images of the massive blast, which reduced the ancient monastery to little more than vast piles of rubble.

The attack was later confirmed by Kurdish journalists familiar with developments in the city.



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