For over two years, the Iraqi Christian town of Qaraqosh was the favorite abode for many leaders of the “Islamic State” (IS) group. Judit Neurink reports from Irbil.
“The best houses were occupied by their leaders,” says Father Ammar of the Syrian Catholic Church, who works closely together with the Bishop of Mosul. He flicks through his phone until he finds a picture, and reads out several names, all starting with Abu: “They wrote their names on the wall of our Church of The Immaculate. And one of their leaders lived in the house of the church,” he told DW.