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The Commander of the Joint Military Operation Commander, Army Lt Gen Talib Shaghati (AP)

The Iraqi commander made the call as the army approached a historic Christian town near Mosul

People who fled ISIS strongholds of Hawija and Mosul receive aid at a camp for displaced people (CNS)

Aid workers say the assault on the city is ‘just the first of several phases’ paving the way for Christians to return to their homeland

Smoke rises from ISIS positions after an airstrike by coalition forces in Mosul, Iraq (AP)

Iraq’s prime minister announced the start of the operations, backed by US-led coalition air and ground support, on state television

Cardinal Onaiyekan: 'It is high time that corrupt judges are expelled from the judiciary' (AP)

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Anglican and Catholic bishops in Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday (Anglican Archives Flickr photostream)

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A photo of Fr Hamel at his funeral Mass in Rouen cathedral (AP)

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Chaldean Catholics at a Mass in Scottsdale, Arizona (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

They said priests who left without permission had to ‘regularise their status’

Members of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units, who have won their first battle against ISIS (Photo: CNS)

Fighting fire with fire

ISIS has brought terror to Iraq’s Christian community. Now there’s a military fightback – but could it make things even worse?

Armenians are escorted to prison by Ottoman soldiers in April 1915  (AP Photo, File)

Christian militias are merely defending villages from an enemy that will show no mercy. But in doing so they must make dangerous choices

The delegation at an aid distribution centre in Erbil (ACN)

Three MPs met displaced families and attended an ordination ceremony