» 06/30/2009, 00.00
Catholic bishops: between "hope and fear”, Iraq witnesses the withdrawal of U.S. troops
The prelates stress the desire to "build a future in the name of national reconciliation." "Ethnic and confessional" divisions remain and the threat of "external elements" that want to feed the chaos. In Mosul tensions between Sunnis and Kurds ongoing; reports from the capital say "the Iraqi army is not ready to take control."
Chaldean Christians, after five years the crestfallen dream of Iraq
Five years after the American invasion of Iraq, we publish the testimony sent to AsiaNews by a Chaldean Christian in Mosul. The community is still in shock over the loss of its pastor, Archbishop Rahho, killed by his kidnappers this month. The questions that still surround what is today the last stronghold of al Qaeda in Iraq.
28/11/2008 IRAQ - UNITED STATES
Archbishop Sako: vote on U.S. troop withdrawal conceals Iraq's "fragile equilibrium"
The archbishop of Kirkuk curbs the enthusiasm, and points to the profound divisions still remaining in Iraq. He also reiterates the risk of civil war if the country is left to itself, and warns: the Iranian nuclear menace is a concrete threat for the entire Middle East.
Security but also a political solution for Mosul
US and Iraqi forces involved in the area stress that both security and a political solution are needed. The city is considered al-Qaeda’s last urban stronghold. Terrorism affects every area of the city, drawing support among residents tired of inhuman living conditions, playing on the city’s ethnic and religious cleavages. The situation raises concerns about the fate of Bishop Rahho who was abducted on 29 February.
17/11/2008 IRAQ – UNITED STATES
Uncertain parliamentary vote hanging over US troop withdrawal plan
Iraq’s cabinet approves security plan with the United States; it includes US troop pullout by the end of 2011 and new rules of engagement. Parliament must now vote on the deal which then goes to the country’s Presidency Council. Fear and worry still prevail among Mosul Christians.
Iraqi elections: an overview
First open elections in after years of dictatorship, war and occupation.
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