A Christian group working in the Middle East said it is "devastating" that Iraq's oldest monastery has been destroyed.
On Wednesday satellite photos have confirmed fears that the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been destroyed by Islamic State.
Miles Windsor, advocacy and development officer at Middle East Concern, told Premier's News Hour it is more than just a building. He said: "It would be easy, and possibly a bit glib for me to say these things are just bricks and mortar.
"[It's] part of the identity of the Christian heritage of Iraq, this erasing of the past of Iraq does have an impact on the psychology of Christians in the country.
"There's been problems before and whilst this is a dark period in Iraq's history, actually we believe that our God is greater than IS and that Christianity will last beyond it."
St Elijah's Monastery stood as a place of worship for 1,400 years, and was most recently used by US troops. – Hannah Tooley, Premier News
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