NORTH­ERN IRAQ

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

St. Ad­dai church: A Chris­tian Iraqi woman cries after see­ing the St. Ad­dai church, which was dam­aged by Is­lamic State fight­ers dur­ing their oc­cu­pa­tion of Ker­am­lis vil­lage, less than 18 miles south­east of Mosul, Iraq, on Sun­day. There were gasps, and then tears, at the small church in north­ern Iraq as a group of Chris­tians re­turned to their par­ish to find ev­ery­thing had been de­stroyed, in­clud­ing the statue of the Vir­gin Mary which IS mil­i­tants de­cap­i­tated be­fore they left. The church bell tolled for the first time in more than two years, but few can sum­mon hope for the fu­ture.

HUS­SEIN MALLA — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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