As extremists approached, an Iraqi monastery rushed to save its library of ancient manuscripts

April 3, 2015 7:59 PM

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As extremists approached, an Iraqi monastery rushed to save its library of ancient manuscripts

In this Thursday, April 2, 2015 photo, Raad Abdul-Ahed, 45, who was displaced from his home by the advance of Islamic State militants, shows a centuries-old handwritten biblical manuscript in the old Syriac language in a small apartment room in the Kurdish city of Dahuk, northern Iraq. As Islamic State group militants advanced toward the monastery in northern Iraq last year, the monks were determined to protect a fragile, vital piece of their heritage: They sent their library of centuries-old handwritten manuscripts to safety. Now the documents are hidden in an apartment in Iraq's Kurdish areas. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen) (The Associated Press)

In this Thursday, April 2, 2015 photo, ancient manuscripts, some of them over a thousand years old, are being held in a bookcase in a location in the city of Dohuk, northern Iraq. As Islamic State group militants advanced toward this monastery in northern Iraq last year, the monks were determined to...

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