With ISIS Defeated, Christians in Iraq Still Face Uncertain Future

Iraqi soldiers walk in a damaged street as Iraqi forces continue their fight against Islamic State militants in parts of the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, July 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Although the United States and other coalition forces have driven ISIS from Iraqi cities like Mosul, the task of rebuilding remains enormous.

Plus, what will become of the persecuted Christians?

U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dilion with Operation Inherent Resolve said, “Over the last three years, through Iraqi determination ISIS has been on a decreasingly rapid decline losing Tikrit, Ramadi, Fallujah, and now Mosul. Iraqi security forces on the other hand have only improved and gotten stronger.”

However, the suffering remains widespread and the devastation is on a massive scale. Buildings have been reduced to rubble, and smoke from occasional air strikes is still rising into the sky.

Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern, said, “We were over there back in April and what we saw was Isis spray painted each home. The homes were marked either a Shea home, a Sunni home or a Christian home. If it was Shea or Christian they put a barrel of oil in it and lit it on fire. You can imagine what that does to a structure.”

International Christian Concern is a non-profit organization which acts as a bridge between believers in free countries and those in persecuted countries.

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