Mosul - home of many Christians - bombarded
The northern Iraqi city of Mosul, location of the second biggest Christian community in Iraq, has come under two waves of bombardment.
Mosul, 240 miles north of Baghdad, has been struck with repeated air raids since the war began on Thursday.
There are an estimated 100,000 Christians in the Northern No Fly Zone, half of whom are believed to be in the City of Mosul.
The only other Iraqi city with more Christians is Baghdad.
The Christians come from a range of denominations, including catholic, the ancient churches and protestant/ evangelical. Tom Hoglind of the Bible Society of Lebanon says that many Iraqi Christians have experienced ërevivalí since the Gulf War.
Correspondent Jon Hemming in Aloka, about 35 miles north of Mosul, said there was a wave of explosions at about 9:50 a.m. (6:50 a.m. British time) on Monday, following several minutes of blasts shortly before 8 a.m.
Arabic-language al-Jazeera satellite television broadcast live pictures of the first attack, showing smoke rising in the distant town and the sound of about 10 large explosions.
The al-Jazeera reporter said missiles appeared to be hitting west of Mosul, in the direction of the Syrian border, although he was not sure if they were striking civilian or military targets.