“Baghdad ha perduto la sua bellezza e non ne è rimasto che il nome.
Rispetto a ciò che essa era un tempo, prima che gli eventi la colpissero e gli occhi delle calamità si rivolgessero a lei, essa non è più che una traccia annullata, o una sembianza di emergente fantasma”
ISIS has posted pictures, on its twitter accounts, of its members
destroying the St. George Monastery in Mosul. The pictures show ISIS
members using sledgehammers to smash crosses and icons, and removing the
cross from the dome and replacing it with the black ISIS flag.
ISIS also destroyed Assyrian archaeological sites, including the walls of Nineveh and the cities of Nimrud and Khorsabad.
Syria ISIS attacked 35 Assyrian villages in the Hasaka region,
capturing at least 300 Assyrians and destroying at least 5 churches,
including the church in Tel Hurmiz, one of the oldest churches in Syria,
the Mar Bisho church in Tel Shamiran, the church in Qabr Shamiy and the
church in Tel Baloua.
After two days of heavy clashes Assyrian
and Kurdish forces regained the Assyrian villages of Tel Mighas and Tel
Misas. The Church of Saint Sargis in Tel Tamar was been destroyed by
ISIS, who burned the bibles and broke its cross. This church has been
liberated and is now under the control of Assyrian and Kurdish fighters.
Hostages still being held
is still holding 52 Assyrian families, nearly 300 people, who were
captured in the initial attacks on February 23. No progress has been
made in the negotiations for their release in the last three days.