Here's What Iraqi Forces Found After Liberating Christian Town
Iraqi and Kurdish forces are going town-by-town in the multi-front advance on Mosul, liberating villages as they go and finding varying degrees of ISIS resistance along the way.
Bartella is an Assyrian town less than half an hour east of Mosul on Iraq's Highway 2. Once home to about 20,000 people, it was largely left a ghost town when the Christians fled to Kurdistan after ISIS invaded in August 2014.
The town was liberated Thursday by Iraqi special forces and the Nineveh Plain Protection Units, an Assyrian Christian militia.