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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

Christian women gather at an Assyrian church in Irbil, Iraq (AP)

Despite military defeats suffered by ISIS, Iraqi Christians say minority groups in the country face further uncertainty

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

The Pope and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talked about the importance of reconciliation

The European Parliament in Strasbourg  (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

‘Historic’ vote by MEPs comes as the House of Commons prepares to debate the issue

A relative of Samuel Walham, one of 21 Copts beheaded by ISIS last year, weeps (Photo: AP)

We cannot ignore this genocide

Until the murderous persecution of Christians by ISIS is recognised for what it is, its perpetrators cannot be brought to international justice

An altar server prays alongside others during Mass in early April at a church in Baghdad, Iraq (Photo: CNS)

Patriarch Sako says law shows a ‘total disregard’ for the values of Iraqi civilisation

Pope Francis speaks during an audience with religious from around the world yesterday (CNS photo/Paul Haring) S

Pope Francis addressed the World Meeting for Young Consecrated Men and Women yesterday

A Christian woman who fled from the violence in Mosul a year ago holds her daughter as her baby sleeps CNS

Six French dioceses will be joined by churches in Switzerland to highlight persecution

Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria, right, and Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil, Iraq, speak to reporters (Photo: PA)

Knights of Columbus have already raised $3 million for Christian refugees