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Christians In Iraq Faced Horrible Persecution From ISIS


As part of the effort to liberate Iraq from ISIS, Iraqi forces are moving through the country liberating villages previously held by the radical jihadists.

Many of these towns were targeted specifically for being Christian, including Bartella.

Bartella, an Assyrian Christian community that once held 20,000 is completely abandoned. But now that ISIS has been kicked out, the Assyrians can hopefully begin to rebuild.

Here are more pictures from Bartella, ravaged by ISIS.

Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces inspect the church of Saint Shmoni, damaged by Islamic State fighters, in Bartella, Iraq, on Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

A statue of Virgin Mary is placed in a street in Bartella. Another statue of Mary was beheaded by ISIS fighters. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

A mural defaced by Islamic State militants is seen outside the Saint Shmoni Church. (Rex Features via AP Images)

Via Bear Witness Central.

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