Qaraqosh of Iraq: seized by the militants from the Islamic State group
Militants from the ISIS group on 7 August 2014 seized Iraq’s largest Christian town, Qaraqosh and surrounding areas. They took over the control of the town after Kurdish troops pulled out from there.
Several residents of Qaraqosh, Tal Kayf, Bartella and Karamlesh fled from the town after it was captured by the militants. These cities are now under the control of the militants. Qaraqosh that lies 19 miles to the south east of the city of Mosul, as a town had around 50000 Christians.
IS has gained ground in northern Iraq and Mosul was captured by the militants in June 2014, which turned up to be the main base of the militants in Iraq. Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim group also controls some areas of Syria.