Iraqi Christians form militia: ‘I want to defend our own lands’ from Islamic State

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By Kellan Howell – The Washington Times
Photo by: Hadi Mizban
Iraqi Christian lawmaker, Younadem Kana, center left, Iraq‘s top Catholic prelate, Chaldean Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, center, and Bishop Shlimone Wardoni, center right, are seen outside Our Lady of Deliverance church the morning after its congregation was taken hostage in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday Nov. 1, 2010. Iraqi security forces stormed a Baghdad church where militants had taken an entire congregation hostage for four hours, leaving dozens of people dead, including a priest, Iraqi officials said Monday.(AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
Hundreds of Iraqi Christians are picking up arms and forming a new Christian militia, training to reclaim their homes from Islamic State militants.
New recruits are gathering at a former U.S. military facility in the hills of northeast Iraq seeking to create a force that will be able to protect their towns and villages safe even after the terrorist group is defeated, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

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