Batnaya is a Chaldean Christian town in northern Iraq that was occupied by ISIS for over two years. While inside the town, Islamic terrorists used every identifiable Christian symbol for target practice.
I take you into the Church's torched and hollowed out chapel with never-before-seen footage of the terror wreaked by ISIS towards Iraq's native Christian population.
From inside the Church, you can see it's blackend walls, shot-up crosses once carved into ancient stone, and something no one expected: pro-ISIS graffiti written in the German language.
While the town was liberated from ISIS in 2016, not one local has returned as fears of ISIS booby traps and IEDs in the area abound.
Today, a nearby Kurdish Peshmerga army base is the only presence protecting the Christian town from Hashd al-Shaabi, a Shia military force that receives backing from both Bagdad and Tehran.
Will Christians ever be able to return to this town, over 85 percent of which has been destroyed by ISIS-- or, is Batnaya a microcosm of the greater trend across the Middle East and Iraq where Christians face ethnic cleansing and genocide at the hands of their Muslim overlords?
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