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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — As operations to retake the militant-held city of Mosul (MOH'-sul) ramp up, Iraqi Christians displaced from the area by the Islamic State group say even if the militants are driven out, it won't be safe for them to return.
Raad Bahnam Samaan, his wife and five children fled the Christian town of Qaraqosh two years ago, joining the 150,000 Iraqi Christians who left towns and villages around Mosul for areas under Kurdish control.
Samaan says even if Qaraqosh is liberated, it will be a Christian town surrounded by Muslim villages. And he worries that the upheaval caused by the Islamic State group will have strained sectarian tensions beyond repair, making enemies of people who were once his neighbors.
204-w-32-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Iraqi Christian Raad Bahman Samaan)--As operations to retake the militant-held city of Mosul ramp up, Iraqi Christians displaced from the area by the Islamic State group say even if the militants are driven out, it won't be safe for them to return. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (9 Aug 2016)
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