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Islamists seize Iraq's 2nd-largest city; Christians in flight

June 10, 2014

Islamic militants have seized the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, prompting scores of Christian families to take refuge in the plains of Nineveh.

Bishop Amel Shamon Nona of Mosul, Iraq's 2nd-largest city, made a plea to keep open the city's houses of worship. But as Islamic forces moved into the city, and government officials fled, Christian families also took flight, to escape the fighting and avoid the campaign of intimidation that many fear will follow an Islamic takeover.


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  • Posted by: - Jun. 10, 2014 8:01 PM ET USA

    Yet another success in the campaign to make the world safe for democracy! Christians in Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and the Maghreb survived 14 hundred years of Muslim oppression only to meet catastrophe at the hands of American Neocon Zionists and secular interventionists like Hilary and Obama. What's next, invading the Vatican for intolerance, I mean, crimes against humanity?

  • Posted by: Defender - Jun. 10, 2014 4:16 PM ET USA

    It was bound to happen - this is just the largest city taken and probably not the last. With no one to stop them, Christianity will soon be lost forever to the region.