Breaking news: The militants of the Islamic State, ISIS, seized the monastery of Mar Behnam the martyr near Baghdida – Exclusive site informed by its own sources in Mosul that the militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, Daash) have seized this afternoon the monastery of Mar Behnam the martyr and his sister Sarah.
The militants expelled all the priests and all those present in the monastery.
The monastery belongs to the Syriac Catholic Church. It is located 14 Km south of the town Baghdida and about 30 Km southeast of the city of Mosul.
The monastery dates back to the 4th century AD. The monastery was restored and enlarged in 1986 and today is considered as one of the important centres in Iraq and visited by both Christians and Muslims in order to be blessed.

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