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Iraq: Christian militia fights the Islamic State01:18

Iraq: Christian militia fights the Islamic State

Iraq, Hauresc
September 8, 2014 at 08:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Armenian Mayor of Hauresc, Murad Maderos Vartanian, spoke on Monday about why he had formed an armed self-defence group of 36 Christian volunteers to protect his town from Islamic State (IS). Vartanian explained that he sees the threat of IS as being any other "enemy" who "tries to take over our land."

Armed volunteers carrying sniper rifles work shifts on a 24-hour cycle that sees them patrol on foot or by vehicle to guard Hauresc's borders. The mayor is the main benefactor supplying weapons to the ‘Nawroz’ militia group.

Hauresc lies 30 km (19 miles) west of Dohuk.

Iraq: Christian militia fights the Islamic State01:18
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The Armenian Mayor of Hauresc, Murad Maderos Vartanian, spoke on Monday about why he had formed an armed self-defence group of 36 Christian volunteers to protect his town from Islamic State (IS). Vartanian explained that he sees the threat of IS as being any other "enemy" who "tries to take over our land."

Armed volunteers carrying sniper rifles work shifts on a 24-hour cycle that sees them patrol on foot or by vehicle to guard Hauresc's borders. The mayor is the main benefactor supplying weapons to the ‘Nawroz’ militia group.

Hauresc lies 30 km (19 miles) west of Dohuk.

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