Iraq Christians flee as Islamic State takes Qaraqosh

File photo of Islamic State militants

Militants of the group Islamic State now control vast swathes of territory in Iraq and northern Syria.

Thousands of Christians are reported to be fleeing after Islamic militants seized the minority’s biggest town in Iraq.

(SOURCE)  The Islamic State (IS) group captured Qaraqosh in Nineveh province overnight after the withdrawal of Kurdish forces.

An international Christian organisation said at least a quarter of Iraq’s Christians were leaving Qaraqosh and other surrounding towns.

IS has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria to create an Islamic caliphate.

Kurdish forces, known as the Peshmerga, have been fighting the Sunni militants’ advance in the north for weeks.

In a separate development, the United Nations says some of the thousands of people trapped by IS militants in mountains near the town of Sinjar have been rescued.

Up to 50,000 members of the Yazidi religious minority fled there after IS overran Sinjar at the weekend.

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