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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

An Iraqi military helicopter flies over the frontline near Bartella, Iraq on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. I (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

On Tuesday coalition forces began their offensive to recapture Mosul and its surrounding villages

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

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Bombs lie near a Russian war plane at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria (Photo: AP)

Patriarch Younan says the West have abandoned Christians in Syria

Iraqi refugee Khiria Al-Kas Isaac (Pic by Sahar Mansour in Ankawa, Iraq)

Refugee told militant she would rather die than give up her Christian faith.

President Barack Obama speaking about the situation in Iraq Below: Displaced Iraqi Christians settle at St. Joseph Church in Irbil, northern Iraq (PA)

David Cameron criticises ‘barbaric attacks’ by Islamist terrorists

Members of the jihadist group Islamic State (AP)

Archbishop calls on UN to intervene as Islamic State militants capture Qaraqosh in north Iraq