Christian fighters battling for Mosul

Christian fighters, part of a dwindling population of Arab Christians across the Middle East, help to drive Islamic State from their last major stronghold in the country. [16 photos total]

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Fighters from the "Kataeb Babylon", a group of Christian fighters who fight alongside the Hashd Shabi, Shi'ite fighters, ride in military vehicles in Ali Rash, southeast of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani) #
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A fighter from the "Kataeb Babylon", a group of Christian fighters who fight alongside the Hashd Shabi, Shi'ite fighters, wears a vest in Ali Rash, southeast of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani) #
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Fighters from the "Kataeb Babylon", a group of Christian fighters who fight alongside the Hashd Shabi, Shi'ite fighters, ride in military vehicles in Ali Rash, southeast of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani) #
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Iraqi Christian soldiers inspect a bulding destroyed by Islamic State militants, in Qaraqosh, near Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
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An Iraqi Christian soldier guards the church of Saint Barbara after it was recaptured from Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul in Iraq. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah) #
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Iraqi Christian soldiers attend the first Sunday mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul in Iraq. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah) #
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A fighter from the "Kataeb Babylon", a group of Christian fighters who fight alongside the Hashd Shabi, Shi'ite fighters, walks at the Mar Behnam monastery after the town was recaptured from the Islamic State, in Ali Rash, southeast of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani) #
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Iraqi Christian soldiers inspect a home in Qaraqosh, near Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
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An Iraqi Christian soldier holds his weapon during the first Sunday mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul in Iraq. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah) #
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An Iraqi Christian soldier stands at the Grand Immaculate Church during the first mass since it was recaptured from Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
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Iraqi Christian soldiers look at a fake military vehicle made of wood used by the Islamic State militants, in Qaraqosh, near Mosul, during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani) #
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A Christian Iraqi special forces soldier holds a cross in Bartella, east of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic) #
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An Iraqi Christian soldier lights a candle during the first Sunday mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul in Iraq. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah) #
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An Iraqi Christian police takes pictures during the first Sunday mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul in Iraq. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah) #
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A fighter from the "Kataeb Babylon", a group of Christian fighters who fight alongside the Hashd Shabi, Shi'ite fighters, wears a vest in Ali Rash, southeast of Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani) #
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Iraqi Christian soldiers attend the first Sunday mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul in Iraq. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah) #

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