First Christmas celebration for Iraqis after IS pushback

Updated: Dec 25, 2016, 12:38 IST | Agencies

A few hundred Iraqi Christians flocked on Saturday to Bartella, a nor­thern town recently retaken from Islamic State, to celebrate Christmas for the first time since 2013

Iraqi Christians at a church in Mosul, on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Iraqi Christians at a church in Mosul, on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Bartella: A few hundred Iraqi Christians flocked on Saturday to Bartella, a nor­thern town recently retaken from Islamic State, to celebrate Christmas for the first time since 2013.

"We are sad to see what has been done to our holiest places by our own countrymen, but at the same time we are happy to celebrate the first mass in two years."

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