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A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter looks at Islamic State positions during heavy fighting in Bashiqa, east of Mosul, on Tuesday (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

The ransacked church had been in ISIS’s hands for two years

Civilians flee their houses, as Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces fight ISIS in the village of Tob Zawa (AP)

The villagers have been moved to a nearby camp for their safety

ISIS fighters torched a sulphur plant south of Mosul (AP)

Francis told the faithful in St Peter’s Square he was ‘pained by the cold blooded murder’ perpetrated in the Iraqi city by the terrorists

An improvised explosive device, reportedly planted by ISIS, explodes in front of Iraqi special forces vehicles near Mosul. (CNS/Reuters)

Archbishop Warda of Irbil said his country will require intervention in order to achieve reconciliation between the country’s divided groups

Pilgrims raise crucifixes as Pope Francis delivers his blessing at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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An Assyrian church in Irbil, where many Christian refugees from the Mosul area now live (AP)

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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

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

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The Iraqi Christians at war with Isis
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