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Isis has seized Iraq’s largest Christian town of Qaraqosh causing “tens of thousands of terrified” people to be displaced as people flee the area.
The militant group captured the town in the north of Iraq overnight after Kurdish Peshmerga troops withdrew from the area.
The Peshmerga have been fighting the Sunni militants in the north for weeks, and have been stretched thin across several fronts in Iraq, residents told AFP.
Some 50,000 Christians lived in the town of Qaraqosh, which lies 19 miles to the south east of the city of Mosul, which Isis captured in June and is now its main base in the country.
The BBC reports that the French organisation Fraternite en Irak said that a majority of inhabitants of Nineveh province had fled as the militants took over Qaraqosh.
The French group said the commander of the Peshmerga in Qaraqosh told the town’s archbishop late on Wednesday that the Kurdish fighters would be leaving their posts, while they also retreated from nearby Christian towns including Tel Eskof and Qaramless.
"I now know that the towns of Qaraqosh, Tal Kayf, Bartella and Karamlesh have been emptied of their original population and are now under the control of the militants," Joseph Thomas, the Chaldean archbishop of Kirkuk and Sulamaniyah, told AFP.
originally posted by: donhuangenaro
lol, to think kurds are pro western and isis is a direct or indirect result of westerners' (and the oil kings) funding to topple governments in libya, syria, etc...
Saddam doesn't look too bad now, eh kurds?