Displaced Iraqi Christians, who fled the violence in the city of Mosul, sit outside the Saint Joseph church as they took refuge in Irbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq August 20, 2014. (AFP Photo/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
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Leaders of the Philippine Roman Catholic Church, Asia's largest, vowed Thursday to counter extremist religions such as that espoused by ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq.The military has said it knows of no Filipinos who have joined the fighting in Syria and Iraq, but Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Thursday that he has nevertheless asked security officials to check unconfirmed reports that up to 100 Filipinos may have entered the two countries to fight alongside Islamist militants there.
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