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Mosul celebrates first post-Daesh Christmas

Hymns filled a church in Iraq's second city Mosul on Sunday as worshippers celebrated Christmas for the first time in four years after the end of extremist rule.

Tens of thousands of Christians fled northern Iraqi towns in 2014 as Daesh (ISIS) seized Mosul and swathes of the surrounding Nineveh province.

But Iraqi forces expelled the extremists from the city this year after months of battle, allowing Christians to return to pray at Saint Paul's church.

On Sunday morning, the patriarch of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, called on dozens to pray for "peace and stability in Mosul, Iraq and the world".

Muslims, as well as local and military officials, stood with Christian worshippers amid the candles and Christmas trees.

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