Assyrian Christians in the Iraqi town of Bartella are celebrating Christmas for the first time since the town was liberated from the so-called Islamic State in October. Thousands of Christians had fled the area when militants captured it in 2014.
Iraqi minorities have been voting for an independent Kurdish state in a bid for stability and peace. A Kurdish passport and nationality could improve their situation, they believe. Judit Neurink reports from Irbil, Iraq.
The last of nearly 250 Assyrian Christians kidnapped by the "Islamic State" in Syria have been released in exchange for millions of dollars in ransom money. The community is under threat across the Middle East.
Iraqi special forces and Kurdish peshmerga are reporting significant gains in their joint assault on the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. They are backed by attack helicopters, artillery and US jets.
Iraqi special forces have seized the abandoned Christian town of Bartella, despite some resistance. Iraq's prime minister claimed his country's troops were advancing faster than expected in the battle for Mosul.
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