The ancient Iraqi city of Qaraqosh, one of the country’s largest Christian areas, remains unlivable months after it was liberated from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).
Footage obtained by Professor Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst at the Clarion Project, shows the destruction in Qaraqosh sparing little, certainly not many of the once glorious churches and ancient monasteries that once adorned the city.
“It’s very hard to see your house [of 20 years] destroyed,” an unnamed resident of a destroyed house in Qaraqosh told Mauro. The Assyrian Christian and Mauro talked as they walked through piles of rubble, stepping over all of his family belongings scattered on the ground, broken into pieces.
“We see destruction all around us,” notes Mauro as the resident gave him a tour of what is left of his home. “This home was taken by ISIS and subsequently hit by a U.S. airstrike.”
Assyrian Christians from Qaraqosh “emphasized that ISIS’ urge to destroy Christian buildings was a sign of weakness and fear; insecurity about their own faith as if Islam, or at least ISIS’ version of it,” noted Mauro to Breitbart News. “On a few occasions, I heard the line, ‘We don’t worship a God of buildings. Our God is in here,’ while pointing towards their hearts.” Read More.