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Wed Jan 20, 2016, 11:38 AM

Islamic State Militants Destroy The Oldest Christian Monastery In Iraq

Source: Huffington Post

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the Islamic State's relentless destruction of ancient cultural sites.

For 1,400 years the compound survived assaults by nature and man, standing as a place of worship recently for U.S. troops. In earlier centuries, generations of monks tucked candles in the niches and prayed in the cool chapel. The Greek letters chi and rho, representing the first two letters of Christ's name, were carved near the entrance.

Now satellite photos obtained exclusively by The Associated Press confirm the worst fears of church authorities and preservationists — St. Elijah's Monastery of Mosul has been completely wiped out.

In his office in exile in Irbil, Iraq, the Rev. Paul Thabit Habib, 39, stared quietly at before- and after-images of the monastery that once perched on a hillside above his hometown of Mosul. Shaken, he flipped back to his own photos for comparison.


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Reply Islamic State Militants Destroy The Oldest Christian Monastery In Iraq (Original post)
MariaThinks Jan 2016 OP
Botany Jan 2016 #1
another_liberal Jan 2016 #5
Botany Jan 2016 #6
6chars Jan 2016 #2
another_liberal Jan 2016 #3
6chars Jan 2016 #7
romanic Jan 2016 #9
KamaAina Jan 2016 #4
PSPS Jan 2016 #8

Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 11:45 AM

1. Once again thanks w and Cheney

No war in Iraq = no sending the Iraqi army home (mostly Sunnis) = the start of
Al Qaeda in Iraq which then morphed into ISIS.


Now ISIS is filled w/no good shits who should be killed by the truck load but w &
Cheney's unneeded war more then helped to start ISIS.

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By Fred Barbash
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 6, 2003; 3:11 PM
President Bush today portrayed the war in Iraq as the latest front in the "global democratic revolution" led by the United States. The revolution under former president Ronald Reagan freed the people of Soviet-dominated Europe, he declared, and is destined now to liberate the Middle East as well.

In a speech to the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) described as a major policy address by the White House, Bush avoided issues such as preemptive attack, weapons of mass destruction and "gathering" dangers to the United States.

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Response to Botany (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 12:06 PM

5. Too true!

 

And well said.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 12:09 PM

6. I forgot

No ISIS = no massive refugee problem from Syrian

W, Cheney, and company should be in jail for what they did aka
lying to start a war.

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 11:55 AM

2. Religious fundamentalists in action

Destroying our heritage over arguments about whose man in the sky is the coolest.

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 12:03 PM

3. I have been wondering how (and if) it can ever be rebuilt . . .

 

Same for the priceless sites like Palmyra and Nineveh which have also fallen victim to these proudly ignorant, uncaring people. What are we going to do to try and recover what has been lost?

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 12:34 PM

7. it and others can't

that's what makes them priceless.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 05:06 PM

9. They could probably be rebuilt

as replicas, but it won't be authentic at all.

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 12:04 PM

4. Mission accomplished!

 



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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 03:43 PM

8. This was already posted in LBN

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