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Iraqi Christmas Bells Ring Again in Liberated Mosul, Iraq

Nineveh PMUs protect Christians attending church on Christmas Eve in Mosul, Iraq.

For many years now, Christians in Iraq have been living in constant fear of bomb attacks, murder and abduction – at the hands of both ISIS and al Qaeda, exacting brutal attacks on Christians, Yazidis, Shias and other religious minorities in Iraq. ISIS and al Qaeda have declared all Christians in the Middle East as “legitimate targets” for violent attacks and execution. In addition to this, AP reported that since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, at least half of Iraq’s Christian population had fled the country to escape attacks by militants. For a long time now, there’s been little to feel hopeful about, until now.

One factor that has sustained terrorists enclaves in the region has been the fact that Saudi Arabian and GCC-backed Sunni wahhabi terrorists of ISIS and al Qaeda have managed to procure US weapons, as well as acquiring Israeli weapons in order to carry out organized criminal and terrorists activity.

Thanks to the hard-fought victories against ISIS on the ground by Iraqi Security Forces and the People’s Mobilization Units (PMU) aka the Hash’d Al-Shaabi, this Christmas has seen one of the first periods of respite in many years, whereby churches are being repaired and are opening again.

One of the hardest hit city during the ISIS invasion and occupation was Iraq’s second biggest city, Mosul. This Christmas Eve, both Christians and Muslims gathered at St. Paul’s Church to attend a special service in the Church to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.

Al Masdar News reports…

On the eve of Christmas, church bells have rung out again at Saint Paul’s Church in Mosul for the first time in three years, after the city was liberated from Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS, ISIL).

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One member of the congregation, Uday-Al-Adhamy has a positive message for church-goers this Christmas.

“As you can see this church is destroyed, but some people from this city volunteered themselves to rebuild the church, because of its importance as a message of peace for the entire world. The church bells are back again in the city”, he said.

When Islamic State took Mosul, the city’s Christian population was persecuted, with many being forced to leave. Since Iraqi forces recaptured the northern city in July 2017, its former Christian population has slowly begun to return.

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