Now three weeks into the Mosul Offensive, Iraq's Nineveh Plain minorities, including Assyrian Christians, Yezidis, Shabaks, and Turkmen, say the formation of a new province is necessary to rebuild their decimated communities once Iraqi Coalition Forces root ISIS from its second largest support base.
Nineveh Plain minorities are calling on the international community to uphold a 2014 Iraqi Council of Ministers decision promising a standalone province for Iraq's rapidly disappearing Nineveh Plain minorities.
Iraq's instability and violence has put minorities at risk of atrocities from Sunni and Shia extremists since 2003. More than 800,000 Nineveh Plain minorities were driven from their homes, with thousands abducted or killed, as ISIS carried out one of its most violent campaigns during the summer of 2014. The terror group attacked Nineveh Plain cities, towns, and villages where they deliberately destroyed churches and temples amounting to a US government-recognized genocide.
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Founder of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council and Senior Fellow at Philos Project
Juliana Taimoorazy is internationally recognized for her work with persecuted Christians, as well as Yezidi and Muslim communities in Iraq. She is sought after for her analysis on terror's impact on indigenous Christian communities in Iraq and the Middle East. She has appeared in Wall Street Journal, New York Post, BBC, The Telegraph, National Catholic Register, The Stream, and Israel News. Juliana is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.
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