Islamic State Group Obliterates 10th Century Monastery

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JOHN BURGER
Terrorists’ campaign of cultural cleansing contines
The Islamic State group’s attempt to erase any culture but its own continues apace. It now has blown up a 10th century Chaldean monastery north of Mosul and bulldozed a nearby graveyard, according to several reports.
The Mar Gorgis or St. George monastery has been “wiped out” by ISIS militants, Nineveh Yakou , Assyrian Archaeologist and Director of Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Affairs at A Demand for Action, told IBTimes UK.

The building, located on the Ba’werah neighbourhood on a hill north of Mosul on the other side of the Tigris river, was founded by the Assyrian Church of the East on the 10th century but rebuilt as a seminary by the Chaldean Catholic Church in 1846.

“The current monastery was built on an archeological site containing ancient Assyrian ruins. It was an important show of continuity from the Assyrian to our culture,” Yakou said.

“Isis is wiping out the cultural heritage of Iraq. The monastery was classified as cultural heritage. It’s a cultural and ethnic cleansing.”

Anadolou, a Turkish news agency, quoted Dureid Hikmat Tobia, adviser for minorities of Ninawah province in northern Iraq, as saying the monastery was destroyed Monday.

Between killing Christian hostages and defending Tikrit from the Iraqi army’s attempt to retake it, ISIS has been busy. But the terrorist organization still finds time to cleanse the territory it controls of cultural and religious heritage sites. Last week its militants reportedly bulldozed the 2,000-year-old city of Hatra and the Nimrud archaeological site near Mosul. Two weeks ago, the jihadist group published a video showing militants destroying artefacts in a Mosul museum and at the Nergal Gate to ancient Nineveh, taking a sledgehammer to artifacts. UNESCO director general Irina Bokova has described the actions as a “war crime.”

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