Some Christian groups in northern Iraq say they have had enough of being slain like helpless victims and are tired of being chased from a place where they consider themselves to be the original inhabitants. They have decided to take up arms to defend the home their people have known for over 2,000 years along with foreign Christians in what they call “reverse jihad.”
Farid Yaqub, a local Christian political activist has thus far registering about 2,000 names of local and foreign Christians who are willing to fight. These men are being recruited to protect Christian areas after they’ve been won back from the ISIS and its allies. “We have lots who are volunteering, who want to fight, but we don’t have the means to arm them,” he said.