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Iraqi Christians fear extinction because of ISIS

April 14, 2016

Iraqi Christians gathered in Baghdad to mark Easter but celebrations were tempered by fears the Islamic State (ISIS) would eradicate their shrinking community, even as the army launched a U.S.-backed offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq, their ancestral homeland. In mid-2014, Christians in Mosul were forced to flee when ISIS seized the northern city and began destroying centuries-old religious sites, ending a presence that once numbered in the tens of thousands and dates back to Christianity’s earliest years. U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched an offensive against ISIS in mid-March that was touted as the beginning of a broader campaign to clear areas around Mosul, though progress has been slow. “We are threatened with extinction. This is a harsh word but every day we...

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