Captain Firaz Jacob knows he may well be mounting a last stand at the frontiers of the Christian settlement of Bartella on the outskirts of Mosul.
Less than a mile down the road are the jihadists of Isis, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, and the portly, middle-aged Mr Jacob is aware that his home-grown militia are outnumbered.
â€śI stand here waiting for my destiny,â€ť he said, as he stood this week by the last check-point on the road to Mosul and the black flags waiting in the desert.
â€śWe will stay here despite everything,â€ť he announced. â€śAll these armed groups we have seen, but nevertheless we will remain. We love our Christian way of life, we love our churches and we love our community.â€ť ...