Christians Return to Celebrate Palm Sunday After US Crushes ISIS Occupiers


Thousands of Christians celebrated Palm Sunday in Iraq’s Ninevah Plain over the weekend, marking the first time the celebration has been held since ISIS drove all Christians from the area in 2014.

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

“Iraqi Christians walked through the streets of the ancient town, waving palm and olive branches … Their chorus: ‘King of kings and Lord of Lords. Glory! Hallelujah!'” reported on-the-ground teams from Open Doors USA, a group that supports persecuted Christians worldwide.

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According to Open Doors, one 25-year-old man named Andraws gave a message to Christians around the world: “Please do not lose hope,” he said.

“Two and a half years we were displaced and we almost lost hope to ever return here. But today, we are here again, because of Jesus; because we had hope in Him.”

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In 2014, ISIS controlled more than 34,000 square miles in Syria and Iraq, from the Mediterranean coast to south of Baghdad, CNN reported.

In November of last year, the Iraqi military “fully liberated” Iraq from ISIS control.

“Our heroic armed forces have now secured the entire length of the Iraq-Syria border,” Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on his Twitter account.

“We defeated Daesh (ISIS) through our unity and sacrifice for the nation. Long live Iraq and its people.”

At the time, the U.S. department celebrated the announcement, but said the work is not over.

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“The United States, along with the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, will continue to partner with the Iraqi Security Forces, advising, training, and equipping them. Together, we must be vigilant in countering all extremist ideologies to prevent the return of ISIS or the emergence of threats by other terrorist groups,” stated department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

“Working ‘by, with, and through’ the Government of Iraq, we will continue to help our displaced Iraqi friends return to their communities and support them as they begin to reestablish their lives. We remain committed to standing with the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi people to stabilize areas liberated from ISIS control.”

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Rebekah Baker is the former deputy managing editor of The Western Journal.
Rebekah Baker is the former deputy managing editor of The Western Journal. She graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She has written hundreds of articles on topics like the sanctity of life, free speech and freedom of religion.
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