Satellite Photos obtained by the Associated Press have confirmed that ISIS destroyed the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq.
St. Elijah's Monastery had been standing for 1,400 years as a place to worship for Christians in Iraq, even for some of U.S. troops stationed in the area before.
Before the destruction, the monastery, was a 27,000-square-foot stone and mortar building, that stood on a hill above Mosul. The monastery building consisted of 26 distinctive rooms including a sanctuary and a chapel.
One month later photos show "that the stone walls have been literally pulverized," said imagery analyst Stephen Wood, CEO of Allsource Analysis, who pinpointed the destruction between August and September 2014. "Bulldozers, heavy equipment, sledgehammers, possibly explosives turned those stone walls into this field of gray-white dust. They destroyed it completely," he said from his Colorado offices.