Iraq: Christian militia recaptures a village from the clutches of Islamic State

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Christian militia in Iraq, has claimed repossession of a village which was under the control of terror group Islamic State. The militia called the Nineveh Plain Protection Units, has successfully freed the village from the control of ISIS. The village is said to be a predominantly Christian village. The militia claims that it was aided by U.S.-led international coalition.

Christian militia in Iraq

The militia detailed its endeavor on its Facebook page, announcing that the village of Badanah in the southern Mosul has been liberated. It was also revealed that the recapture was successfully accomplished during first operation. It was stated that the operation was backed up by air blitz and weapon supply from the US-led coalition.

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The militia shared pictures and video of the militia fighters in the village. “Iraq’s religious freedom climate continued to deteriorate in 2015, especially in areas under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIL targets anyone who does not espouse its extremist Islamist ideology, but minority religious and ethnic communities, including the Christian, Yazidi, Shi’a, Turkmen, and Shabak communities, are especially vulnerable,” United States Commission of International Freedom states in its 2016 report.

“ISIL also has targeted Christian communities. In August 2015, Iraqi Defense Minister, Khaled al-Obeidi reported that ISIL had killed 2,000 Iraqis in the largely Christian Nineveh Plains between January and August 2015, and that more than 125,000 Christians fled to the KRG for protection.”

“In Kirkuk, ISIL has used churches as bases and stormed and desecrated cemeteries; it also demolished Assyrian monasteries. In late January 2016, it was reported that ISIL had destroyed the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, the St. Elijah’s Monastery in Erbil, which has been a place of worship for more than 1,400 years; the destruction is believed to have occurred between August and September 2014,” USCIRF stated.