Moscow, February 14, 2017
The eastern districts of Mosul were the site of recent suicide bombings that left at least nine dead. Nevertheless, at least three Armenian Christian families have returned to their houses previously abandoned.
The Jihadi seizure of Mosul on June 9, 2014 saw the mass abandonment of Christian homes, many of which were then taken over by jihadists. The fleeing Christians sought refuge in other villages, mostly in those of Iraqi Kurdistan. The last ten Christian leaders were driven out by the militants on January 7, 2015 when they refused to denounce their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and adopt the antichrist religion of Islam.
The sixth century Monastery of St. Elias located near Mosul was destroyed by ISIS militants in 2016. Meanwhile, in October, the nearby town of Bartella was taken back from jihadi militants, and the bells of the village’s church rang out for the first time since the summer of 2014 when the 15,000 residents fled.