In recent weeks, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have been going town-by-town throughout Iraq liberating towns controlled by ISIS on their way to Mosul.
One such town is Bartella, a city less than one mile from Mosul, once was home to about 20,000 Christians who fled to Kurdistan after ISIS invaded in August 2014.
Well, that town was liberated last week by Iraqi special forces and the Nineveh Plain Protection Units, an Assyrian Christian militia.
Several images show Iraqi forces inspecting the Church of Saint Shmoni, which had been damaged by ISIS.
In addition, a statue of the Virgin Mary was placed in a street in the town after learning that a similar statue had been beheaded by ISIS fighters.
After the town was liberated, a wooden cross was erected by Iraqi counterterrorism forces and draped with the Iraqi flag on top of the church.
This story is an inspiration, as Iraqi Christians have been persecuted for years by ISIS. Thankfully Iraqi forces have been fighting for their Christian brothers and sisters, risking their own lives to liberate Christian towns throughout Iraq.
H/T: BW Central
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