ISIS Destroys 5th Century Assyrian Monastery in Syria

An ISIS fighters stands in the rubble of St. Elian monastery, an Assyrian monastery from the 5th century, after it has been destroyed.

August 2015 (AINA) -- Photos posted on ISIS social media sites show the destruction of Mar Elian monastery in Qaryatain, Syria, which is near Homs. Qaryatain fell to ISIS on August 6 (AINA 2015-08-07). An estimated 1,400 Syriac Orthodox and 400 Syriac Catholic Assyrians lived in Qaryatain before it fell to ISIS. Related: Attacks on Assyrians in ...

Gunman kills Dutch priest in Homs

9/4/14 A single gunman walked into the monastery, entered the garden and shot the  priest in the head. DAMASCUS, Syria — A beloved, elderly Dutch priest who made headlines this year  with a desperate plea for aid for civilians trapped in the besieged Syrian city  of Homs was assassinated Monday by a masked gunman who shot him ...

Gunmen Kill 11 Near Syrian Christian Villages

By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press - August 2013 Gunmen shot dead 11 people, mostly Christians, near a town in central Syria on Saturday, state media and activists said, an attack described by a local resident as aimed at members of the religious minority. The resident, citing eyewitnesses, told The Associated Press that the gunmen ...