KIRKUK: Militants from ISIS take control of largest Christian town of Iraq.
According to details, the IS militants took over Iraq’s largest Christian town Qaraqosh and surrounding areas on Thursday 7th of August. As a result of this residents fled in terror towards self-governing Kurdistan. This movement of Islamic State (IS) took place overnight following the departure of Kurdish peshmerga troops.
Joseph Thomas, the Chaldean archbishop of Kirkuk and Sulaimaniyah stated confirming the IS conquest saying, “I now know that the towns of Qaraqosh, Tal Kayf, Bartella and Karamlesh have been emptied of their original population of their original population and are now under the control of the militants.”
Qaraqosh is completely a Christian town with a population of 50,000 which is between Mosul, and Arbil. Mosul is the IS core in Iraq. “It’s a catastrophe, a tragic situation. We call on the UN Security Council to immediately intervene. Tens of thousands of terrified people are being displaced as we speak, it cannot be described,” the archbishop said.
Residents of Tal Kayf also fled overnight. This city is also home to a large Christian community. Boutros Sargon, a resident who fled to Arbil said, “Tal Kayf is now in the hands of the Islamic State. They faced no resistance and rolled in just after midnight.”
“I heard some gunshots last night and when I looked outside, I saw a military convoy from the Islamic State. They were shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’,” he said.