Islamist forces have driven some 150,000 Christians, mostly Assyrians, from their homes, and Kurds are now helping them to regain their homeland.
Iraqi Christians are banding together to take on the Islamist militant group ISIS to reclaim their homeland, the Wall Street Journal reported this week.
“The objective is to liberate their land in Nineveh Plain and to take charge of security in these areas afterward,” said Yaco Jacob, a Christian parliamentarian in the Kurdistan Parliament, according to Al Arabiya News. Other minorities, such as the Yazidis and the Shi'ite Shabaks, live in the Nineveh plains and have suffered at the hands of ISIS, also known as the Islamic State.
According to the Wall Street Journal, hundreds of Christians, who felt government forces abandoned their families in fighting last summer, are training at a former U.S. military base in northeast Iraq.
“I want to defend our own lands, with our own force,” said Nasser Abdullah, 26 years old, who is helping lead younger recruits in training, according to the Journal.
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