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A Christian town freed from the terror of IS

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>> Sunday mass, near Mosul, the first here since Iraqi troops drove out Islamic State. Qaraqosh is Iraq's biggest Christian town, and has been under IS control for two years. Then, residents here were given three choices, convert to Islam, pay a tax, or die by the sword. Most abandoned their homes and fled towards Iraq's Kurdish region.
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They're now free to return, but that's unlikely to happen until the battle for Mosul is over. Like so many recaptured villages in the area, Qaraqosh is a ghost town. Power and phone lines hanging slack and broken, many concrete houses have been flattened, and churches lie in ruins. The Grand Immaculate is one of the few still standing.
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Butress Mosay is Mosul's head bishop, his Sunday service a promise to vanquish all memory of IS in Qaraqosh. It will take more than a spiritual cleanse, though. IS may be gone, but the destruction they caused remains.