» 12/18/2009, 00.00
Another targeted killing against Mosul’s Christian community
Gunmen kill a 30-year-old man on his way home. One attacker gets out of the car to make sure he is dead. The last liquor store is closed in the province of Babylon, and its owner is arrested. Iraq is drifting towards fundamentalism and the Islamisation of the country.
Iraqi bishops: This is our Christmas, between hopes and sufferings
Iraqi bishops tell AsiaNews about the climate in the country, on the eve of the holiday. Compared to the era of Saddam Hussein, there is greater freedom, but the danger of violence remains. The prelates emphasize the positive elements on the path of dialogue, and are asking the government for concrete steps in the protection of rights.
Iraq’s Christian cultural heritage belongs to all, let us save it!
Kirkuk’s Chaldean archbishop appeals to UNESCO. The Christian exodus from Iraq jeopardises the survival of churches and manuscripts found nowhere else in the world. The United Nations and the international community should do something.
Kurdistan goes to the polls, Barzani set to be re-elected
Voters will pick the regional president and the 111 members of the regional assembly. Tensions remain high on the eve of the vote. The new administration will have difficult issues on its plate; topping the list are control over Kirkuk and local-central wrangling over jurisdiction in oil matters.
Kurdish guns threaten to bring a new humanitarian catastrophe to Iraqi minorities
Human Rights Watch raises the alarm, confirmed by AsiaNews sources. Plan includes setting up a ghetto in the Nineveh Plains for Christians and guarantee Kurds control over resource-rich Kirkuk. Humanitarian aid is given in exchange for support as dissidents get crushed.
Attacks against officials and politicians leave 21 dead and scores of wounded
Bombs go off in Baghdad, Kirkuk, Samarra, Dibis and Taji. No one has yet claimed responsibility but sources in Kirkuk tell AsiaNews that factional divisions among Iraqi parties are to blame.
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