FINALLY, these towns of the original ASSYRIAN/CHALDEAN inhabitants of Ninevah are being helped. Obama allowed ISIS to take over a city of 1,000,000 and enslave and kill thousands with jihadi brutality unseen in many years. He also allowed ISIS to sell over $1 Billion in oil smuggled through Turkey. He didn’t want to “damage” the environment. But indigenous Christians and Yazidi be damned. This lead to us arming jihadi rebels in Syria and millions of refugees to Europe, not to the rich Gulf States which fund jihadis.
From the Daily Mail:
Children celebrate in the street after their village is liberated
- Comes as coalition forces edge closer to liberating Mosul from ISIS control
- In one liberated Christian town, church bells rang for first time in 2 years
- Pictures show how jihadis had vandalized the church and burned bibles
Iraqi forces hand out fruit to children as they celebrate no longer having to live under ISIS rule
ISIS have began launching diversionary suicide attacks as coalition forces edge closer to liberating the Iraqi city of Mosul from their control
Iraqi forces enter a church in the town of Bartella in a bid to liberate it from ISIS control
Inside the church, pews had been destroyed, the altar had been vandalised and ISIS graffiti was daubed on the walls
Spokesman for the Joint Military Command Brigadier General Yahya Rasool confirmed that several militants were killed but declined to say if any civilians or Iraqi forces were left dead.
He added that ISIS did not seize any government building and that the situation was ‘under control.’
Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, confirmed there had been a complex attack in Rutba and said he expects more such diversionary attacks as Iraqi forces close in on Mosul.
For the first time in two years, the bells at the churches in Bartella were able to ring out
Iraqi forces surround a liberated church which had bee destroyed during the occupation of ISIS
Iraqi troop wave the Iraqi flag after liberating the predominantly Christian town of Bartella
A church in the Christian village of Bartella, which has been liberated from ISIS control
Faces of characters from a biblical scene have been defaced by ISIS when they were in control of the village
An Islamic State flag is painted on the wall of a church in the predominantly Christian town of Bartella during the occupation by ISIS
Piles of burned bibles lie on the ground after they were destroyed by ISIS during their occupation of Bartella
It comes after ISIS carried out a large assault on the northern city of Kirkuk on Friday, in which more than 50 militants stormed government compounds and other targets, setting off more than 24 hours of heavy fighting and killing at least 80 people, mainly security forces.
The interior of another church which shows the altar and the pews ransacked and destroyed
But jihadis have been fleeing other towns as Iraqi and Kurdish forces continue their march towards Mosul, including the Christian town of Bartella.
There, Christians have been able to ring the church bells for the first time in two years since it came under ISIS control.
In one church building in Bartella, Iraqi forces discovered that ISIS graffiti had been daubed all over the walls while a statue of the Virgin Mary had been destroyed.
In the church yard, piles of burned bibles were strewn on the ground while a statue of Christ was shown to have had its head broken off.
The campaign to retake Mosul comes after months of planning and involves more than 25,000 Iraqi troops, Kurdish forces, Sunni tribal fighters and state-sanctioned Shiite militias.
It is expected to take weeks, if not months, to drive ISIS out of Iraq’s second largest city, which is still home to more than a million people.
The militants captured Mosul in the summer of 2014, when they swept across much of northern and western Iraq. ISIS has suffered a series of setbacks over the past year, and Mosul is its last major urban bastion in Iraq.
Troops recover items that have been destroyed inside a church ransacked by jihadis in Iraq
The militants captured Mosul in the summer of 2014, when they swept across much of northern and western Iraq. Pictured are Iraqi troops inside one of the churches in Bartella
An Iraqi soldier walks past of broken statue of the Virgin Mary after liberating the town of Bartella
An Iraqi soldier stands guard next to a church in Bartella. In the background is a statue of Christ with its head broken off.
Meanwhile, a rights group has been calling for a probe into a suspected airstrike last week that mistakenly hit a mosque, killing over a dozen civilians.
The purported airstrike in northern Iraq struck the women’s section of a Shiite mosque on Friday in the town of Daquq amid a large Islamic State assault on the nearby city of Kirkuk. That assault was meant to distract the Iraqi forces and their allies from the massive operation around Mosul.
Human Rights Watch said Daquq’s residents believe the attack was an airstrike because of the extent of the destruction and because planes could be heard flying overhead. The New York-based watchdog said at least 13 people were reported killed.
Iraqi special forces prepare to attack ISIS positions as fighting to retake Mosul enters a second week
It is expected to take weeks, if not months, to drive ISIS out of Iraq’s second largest city, which is still home to more than a million people
A member of the Iraqi government forces smokes a cigarette as they rest in the village of al-Khuwayn, south of Mosul, after recapturing it from ISIS
The U.S.-led coalition and the Iraqi military, which are waging the offensive to drive ISIS from the northern city of Mosul, are the only parties known to be flying military aircraft over Iraq.
Colonel John Dorrian, a U.S. military spokesman, said the coalition had ‘definitively determined’ that it did not conduct the airstrike that killed civilians in Daquq, and had shared its findings with the Iraqi government, which is carrying out its own investigation.
‘The Coalition uses precision munitions and an exhaustive process to reduce the possibility of civilian casualties and collateral damage because the preservation of civilian life is paramount importance to us,’ Dorrian said.
The Iraqi government is also investigating the attack but declined to say whether Iraqi or coalition planes were flying in the area at the time of the explosion.
Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism forces prepare to attack Islamic State positions as fighting to retake the extremist-held village of Tob Zawa, outside Mosul
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