ISIS Almost Crushed, Christians Refuse to Return

People fear that the militant group—or others like it—will rise again.
A picture of Jesus defaced by Islamic State militants lies on the floor of a church in Qaraqosh, the largest predominantly Christian city in Iraq. During its two-year occupation the group tried to erase all symbols of Christianity.
07_07_IraqiChristians_01 Source: Aurélie Marrier d'Unienville​

Three years ago, as darkness fell over the northern Iraqi town of Qaraqosh, Sabah Petrus Shema helped his extended family pile into a pickup truck and leave town. When they were gone, he grabbed two Kalashnikovs and waited as the sound of mortar fire drew near.

Miles down the road, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) was advancing. By early the next morning, nearly all of the town’s residents were gone, and a stream of panicked soldiers began to pass

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