Iraq’s Oldest Christian Monastery Destroyed by Islamic State

Daily News Article - January 21, 2016


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. How did the Associated Press prove their assertion that the Islamic state completely destroyed St. Elijah’s?

3. List the facts given about St. Elijah’s in the article.

4. a) Why did ISIS terrorists destroy St. Elijah’s?
b) What other destruction has ISIS perpetrated in the Middle East?

5. How does Iraqi Catholic priest Rev. Paul Thabit Habib view the destruction of St. Elijah’s?

6. How does ISIS’ treatment of St. Elijah’s (or any religious edifices or monuments) differ from the U.S. military’s?