800 Christians join Iraqi fighters to battle ISIL

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Tuesday, 07 July 2015

As many as 800 Christian volunteers have joined Iraq’s Popular Mobilization units to drive the ISIL Takfiri militants out of the city of Mosul, which is under the control of the terrorist group.

The volunteer fighters belong to the Babylon Battalion, a Christian military unit formed to fight the ISIL terrorist group, Kurdish newspaper Rudaw quoted an unnamed member of the Christian battalion as saying on Sunday.

Mosul fell to the hands of ISIL when the terrorist group launched its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014.

The Babylon Battalion member added that the volunteers have been trained in three military camps in the city of Baghdad and in the province of Salahuddin.

“The battalion is a special military arrangement for Christians under the control of Hashd al-Shaabi,” the Christian source added, using the Arabic name of the Popular Mobilization units.

The Iraqi army, backed by Popular Mobilization units, is preparing to clear Mosul of the Takfiri terrorists.
On June 4, Iraqi military jets dropped leaflets over the ISIL-held city of Mosul, informing the people that Takfiri terrorists will soon be pushed out of the northern city.

"The solution, with God's help, is close," Lebanon’s al-Manar news website quoted the leaflets, issued in the name of the Iraqi army, as saying.

"Your armed forces are at the gate, cooperate with them," the leaflets read, adding that a new radio station, Mosul FM, would soon be on the air.

The leaflets also urged residents to carry a portable radio with them at all times so that they could receive information on the battle for Mosul.

The Takfiri group has been committing heinous crimes against all ethnic and religious groups in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds, and others.

The Iraqi army, backed by Kurdish forces and volunteer Shia and Sunni fighters, has been engaged in operations to drive the ISIL terrorists out of the areas they have been holding since June 2014.

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