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Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs

(Mohammed Abdul Aziz/AFP/Getty Images)

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Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs

Raqqa, Syria

The flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) flutters on the pointed dome of the Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqqa on Sept. 28 (left). ISIL fighters entered the Armenian church, torched the furnishings inside, and destroyed a cross atop its clock tower (shown in photo on the right, taken Sept. 16), replacing it with the Islamist group’s flag.