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ICC Note: Following the removal of all Christians from Mosul, IS [Islamic State, previously known as ISIS] has invaded a monastery. The three monks were told they had to leave immediately, with only the clothes on their backs. Members then stormed the monastery, a 4th century church. A recent journal reported that a local Muslim was killed for protesting the looting and destroying of Christian property. This violence comes with the motivation of establishing a complete Islamic Caliph throughout Iraq and Syria.

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07/23/14 Iraq (World Watch Monitor) – After every known Christian is reported to have left Mosul, Islamic State fighters, IS, have now taken over a monastery near the largely Christian town of Qaraqosh, 32 miles southeast of Mosul.

According to Agence France Presse IS expelled its three resident monks, a cleric and a few families living there, ordering them to leave on foot with nothing but their clothes.

Members of the self-proclaimed “Islamic Caliphate” stormed the ancient fourth-century monastery Mar (Saint) Behnam, run by the Syriac Catholic church on Sunday July 20.

“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.

According to AFP the monks walked several miles before being picked up by armed Kurdish fighters who drove them to Qaraqosh.

The BBC reported that Syriac Catholic leaders have said priceless manuscripts, about both the history of Iraq and the Church, are now at risk in the monastery.

Militants of IS are reported to have killed Dr. Mahmoud Al-Asali, a professor of Law at the University of Mosul on July 21.

According to, Al-Asali, a Muslim, was killed for objecting to IS looting and destroying Iraqi Christians’ possessions in Mosul, but WWM could not independently verify this.

The office and residence of the Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Yohanna Petros Moshe (in one building) has been burned down.

He is now in Qaraqosh where World Watch Monitor spoke to him: ‘My concern now is how to feed and shelter all the people who have fled’ he told us.

Syrian Catholic priest Nizar Semaan, who works with Archbishop Moshe, said to Agenzia Fides that the international community has a “disturbing passivity to what is happening in that area.”

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