|The monastery was built in the 4th century by an Assyrian king named Senchareb as a penance for killing his son Behnam and daughter Sarah after they converted to Christianity. The monastery, after its establishment continued its work and contributed greatly to the Christian world under the care of the Syriac Orthodox Church.|
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Islamists Attack Christian Monastery in the Name of Allah
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) – Jihadist militants have taken over a monastery in northern Iraq, one of the country’s best-known Christian landmarks, and expelled its resident monks, a cleric and residents said Monday.
Islamic State (IS) fighters stormed Mar (Saint) Behnam, a 4th century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church near the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh, on Sunday, the sources said.
“You have no place here anymore, you have to leave immediately,” a member of the Syriac clergy quoted the Sunni militants as telling the monastery’s residents.
He said the monks pleaded to be allowed to save some of the monastery’s relics but the fighters refused and ordered them to leave on foot with nothing but their clothes.
Christian residents from the area told AFP the monks walked several miles along a deserted road and were eventually picked up by Kurdish peshmerga fighters who drove them to Qaraqosh.
The Syriac cleric said five monks were expelled from Mar Behnam. Christian families in the area said there may have been up to nine people living at the monastery.
The incident was the latest move by the Islamic State, which last month declared a “caliphate” straddling large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria, to threaten a Christian presence in the region spanning close to two millennia.
Iranian fighter jets deployed to fight ISIL in Iraq
Again, Iran and Russia are arming Iraq and Syria against the Islamists. So who is arming and funding the Islamist murderers???
A simple process of elimination says if the Iranians and Russians are on one side, then the CIA and America's allies like Turkey and Saudi Arabia are backing Islamic terror and genocide against Christians.
|"It's simple: convert to Islam or die."|