Christians in Iraq are forming new armed militias to protect themselves against a systematic campaign by Muslim extremists to drive them out of the country. In the past month, nearly half of the Christians in the northern town of Mosul have been forced to flee after attacks and threats from radical Muslims.
Five hundred Iraqi Christians armed with heavy machine guns and assault rifles have taken an oath to protect this village of about 25,000 people.”We are not like other militias that have sprung up across Iraq. We don’t go out killing people and causing chaos. We stand here with our guns just to protect our people,” Bashir Saalem said.