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Christian town captured by ISIS and citizens used as human shields

We are subjected to every kind of hardship, but never distressed; we see no way out but we never despair; we are pursued but never cut off; knocked down, but still have some life in us; always we carry with us in our body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus, too, may be visible in our body.2 Corinthians 4:8-10

ISIS has taken Mosul and several surrounding villages and towns, one of which is a predominantly Christian town.

Militants in the Christian town have been holding down the fort despite heavy gunfire fights with Iraqi-led forces.

With help from Iraqi security forces and Peshmerga fighters, a Christian paramilitary group forced ISIS to the center of Qaraqosh, where airstrikes continue to wipe them out.

Meanwhile, ISIS took up its habit of fighting while using human shields – whether they be children, pregnant women or teenagers.

Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani explained: “We would have loved to have a political plan along with a military plan, how to manage Mosul, how to administer Mosul, because Mosul has a variety of religions, with ethnicities…[but that] would have taken a longer time. We are looking for a good solution for Mosul.”

ISIS even used pregnant women as human shields. ISIS even used pregnant women as human shields.

US, British and Iraqi forces have successfully cornered high-ranking ISIS leaders, including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is believed to be completely trapped within Mosul.

Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis explained fanatics have been preventing 1.5 million residents from escaping.

People are being held in Mosul “against their will” and coalition forces are aware they’re “being used as human shields.”

CNN suggested it would take months of bloody fighting to free the city, but with the ISIS leader holing up within it, who can say?

Please pray for the safety of Christian and other innocents being held against their wills. Pray for an end to ISIS and for a lasting peace in the Middle East.


By Kenya Sinclair










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  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Kenya does it again… She says: “Please pray for the safety of Christian and other innocents being held against their wills. Pray for an end to ISIS and for a lasting peace in the Middle East.”

    No request for prayers for the Muslims; only for Christians. Who are the “other innocents” we should pray for? Muslims are not baptized for removal of original sin, so none of them are “innocent,” right? They are going to Hell, so why waste prayers on them? Is that it?
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    How are we to ever have a lasting peace in the Middle East when one group of people claims that Yahweh gave them a chunk of land by divine right that the other group of people lived or lives on? None of the Abrahamic religions will ever accept the other. They are inherently divisive, so much so that they split themselves up, Christianity being far and away the worst in this division. There can never be peace in the middle east as long as we refuse to acknowledge that the foundation for the Abrahamic gods have washed away. There was no six day creation, no two-person DNA bottleneck, no global flood, no mass Exodus from Egypt and no conquest of Canaan. Non-religious scholars are in near universal agreement; and that means there is no foundation left for Yahweh, Allah or Jesus (because Jesus is Yahweh, right?). Only after we come to accept this, can the various groups perhaps find a way to live in peace. Till then, their faiths and beliefs will not permit them to. Has it ever been otherwise?
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    How can you talk about wanting lasting peace in the Middle East when you can’t even pray for the Muslims who live there?

    1. Wella Reply

      I onced lived with my three friends and we have different religions. I am a Catholic, one of us is a Baptist, the other is Born Again, and the other one is a Muslim. We had this habit of talking about our religions Dos and Don’ts, etc. And one thing that makes me smile even these days is that we never had a fight because of indifferences. We respect each other’s beliefs and faith. I know it’s a challenging one. But at the end of the day, what matters is how deeply you love each other thus surpassing any difficulties. We lived almost a decade and those moments are deeply cherished. That is how we can make a better world. ☺

  2. Wella Reply

    I onced lived with my three friends and we have different religions. I am a Catholic, one of us is a Baptist, the other is Born Again, and the other one is a Muslim. We had this habit of talking about our religions Dos and Don’ts, etc. And one thing that makes me smile even these days is that we never had a fight because of indifferences. We respect each other’s beliefs and faith. I know it’s a challenging one. But at the end of the day, what matters is how deeply you love each other thus surpassing any difficulties. We lived almost a decade and those moments are deeply cherished. That is how we can make a better world. ☺

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