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Dair Mar Elia

Mosul, Iraq

The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq until ISIS blew it up twice and then drove over it with bulldozers. 

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The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, Dair Mar Elia, or Saint Elijah’s Monastery in English, was built in the 6th century.  The monastery was located in a fenced off area in FOB Marez and protected by the US Army Chaplin Corp, but is now under the control of ISIS.

Update: As of late 2014, this site no longer exists.  ISIS set off both surface and sub-surface bombs to destroy this historic site, then leveled the entire location with bulldozers. 

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The monastery was located just south of Mosul.

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